Thousands of ANC supporters gathered at the Absa Stadium in East London, Eastern Cape Province at a rally attended by the ANC's top leadership, led by newly elected ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa.
In true Zuma fashion, he arrived 45 minutes late as the party's alliance partners delivered their messages of support.
Stressing the importance of reconnecting the ANC with the people, Ramaphosa said the organization belongs to the people of South Africa and is the Parliament of the people.
This comes after he forced Zuma's hand in instituting the state capture commission this week - and after being made aware of Abrahams 's apparent refusal to pursue 10 cases brought to him by prosecutors working on state capture cases last month.
He committed that anti-corruption efforts within the State will be more effectively coordinated and all forms of corruption must be exposed and prosecuted.
"Nelson Mandela would have been very pleased to see that in starting our things on time, we respect each other, we respect our movement and we respect our people".
Ramaphosa, however, has reportedly turned down Zuma's demand for Dlamini-Zuma to be appointed Interim President and has suggested either Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu or National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete be appointed to the position temporarily.
However, Ramaphosa added that the promise of free education would not be immediately available to all prospective students who qualify; saying the process would be implemented by a "phase approach" to enable sustainability and the procurement of long-term funding.
Ramaphosa also highlighted the need for social and economic transformation.
On land reform, Ramaphosa said land dispossession needed to be addressed with urgency.
"Our 54th president has given us as South Africans a renewed sense of hope‚" Mabuyane said.
Come to South Africa to invest in our country so that we can grow our economy so that we can create jobs, so that we can end poverty.