President Jacob Zuma
President Jacob Zuma

The following are news highlights in South African major news outlets on Thursday.

— African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe says the party needs to elect leaders with a succession plan in mind.

Mantashe was speaking to journalists on Wednesday at ANC headquarters in Johannesburg, following their 105th birthday celebrations and National Executive Committee’s January 8 statement.(News24)

— President Jacob Zuma has signed seven new finance bills into law, the Presidency said in a statement on Thursday.

The Bills have been passed by both the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces in the past year and sent to the President for ratification.(Fin News)

— President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday he won’t seek a third term as African National Congress (ANC) president even if members ask him to avail himself for re-election.

Zuma is expected to bow down as ANC president during the party’s national conference in December, while his term as the country’s President ends in 2019.(South African Broadcasting Corporation) Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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