Top ANC Officials Cancel Events as Zuma Exit Talks Intensify

Top ANC Officials Cancel Events as Zuma Exit Talks Intensify

Top ANC Officials Cancel Events as Zuma Exit Talks Intensify

"If the president of ANC says wait for me, I am still talking to President Jacob Zuma, there is no need to insult him", Mantashe said.

Professor André Duvenhage, from North West University, said the former Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma group was repositioning itself on Ramaphosa's side as it eyed deployments in his administration.

Analysts Dumisani Hlophe and Somadoda Fikeni agreed that allegiances were shifting towards Ramaphosa and noted that Zuma die-hards in the ANC top six, the ANC Women and Youth Leagues as well as the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veteran's League have fallen silent about his removal.

Ramaphosa, who negotiated on behalf of the ANC in talks to end apartheid, has ignored frustration from the opposition parties who have been howling for Zuma to go for years.

As for the current President - well, she said, he can start writing a book.

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In the tape that emerged on Wednesday night, Mashatile told delegates at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town that they wanted Zuma gone.

Mr Zuma has dug in his heels, refusing to step down even when the top leadership of his party, the African National Congress, asked him to do so.

"An NEC (national executive committee) meeting is scheduled for tomorrow in Pretoria", ANC spokeswoman Khusela Diko told AFP, declining to reveal the meeting's agenda. "We as family we will respect whatever decision is taken by the leaders that are in power at the moment", he said.

Negotiations are underway between Mr Zuma and Mr Ramaphosa, as well as the ANC's "top six" leaders, in an attempt to reach an agreement that will see him willingly leave office.

"Zuma does not want to go and he does not want to face criminal charges", said William Gumede, chairman of the Democracy Works foundation.

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"Cyril told us he is not in the business of granting immunity from prosecution".

"It won't help to push things and do things in a clumsy way, because things could backfire", said the MP.

Earlier, ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule and ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu briefed the media in a hastily convened press conference. But he reiterated that the discussions would be finalised in due course. He did not disclose details of the caucus meeting.

Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete told United Kingdom media that the issue of Zuma's resignation would be over with "quite soon", with an announcement expected as early as the new week.

On Tuesday, Parliament's presiding officers announced that Thursday's State of the Nation Address had been indefinitely postponed amid fears that it might descend into chaos.

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