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07/02/2018 05:30 SAST | Updated 07/02/2018 05:30 SAST

No Need For Anxiety Over Zuma's Fate, Says Ace Magashule

The ANC will do the right thing and won't disappoint South Africa, he said.

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African National Congress Secretary General Ace Magashule speaks during an African National Congress Youth League rally in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, January 28, 2018.

There is no need for South Africans to be anxious over the fate of President Jacob Zuma, ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule said.

He spoke to HuffPost sister publication News24 on Tuesday evening after ANC's announcement that the much-anticipated national executive committee (NEC) meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, had been postponed. The aim of the meeting was to discuss Zuma's fate as head of state.

The party announced that the decision was taken following "fruitful and constructive" engagements between Zuma and ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa.

Magashule said the two leaders wanted an opportunity to continue their talks.

Ramaphosa and Zuma's meeting was held following the decision by Parliament's presiding officers to postpone the State of the Nation Address that was scheduled for Thursday.

I am definitely confident that the ANC will do the right thing not to disappoint South Africa.Ace Magashule, ANC Secretary-General

Magashule added that the 106-year-old liberation movement would act responsibly to renew and unite itself.

Report expected from Ramaphosa

On Monday, a decision was taken by the party's national working committee to hold the special NEC to discuss Zuma's recall.

This was after Zuma refused to resign when asked to do so by the party's top six officials.

"South Africans must not worry, the ANC will find its own solutions to the challenges facing the country and the ANC," said Magashule.

He said he had later joined the meeting between Ramaphosa and Zuma.

However, he would not divulge the details of the two leaders' engagement.

Magashule said he expected Ramaphosa to give a report to the NEC on his talks with Zuma.

The NEC is ANC's highest decision-making body in between conferences.

"The president [Ramaphosa] might actually give us a report on his meeting with President Zuma, the constructive meeting... the fruitful meeting," he concluded.

The NEC meeting will now be held on February 17 and 18, dates on which an NEC meeting had already been scheduled.

-- News24