ANC Postpones Meeting With Zuma

ANC Postpones Meeting With Zuma

South African President Jacob Zuma summoned cabinet ministers to a meeting in Cape Town on Tuesday, eNCA television reported, as pressure builds on the embattled 75-year-old leader to quit.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation, which promotes the legacy of South Africa's anti-apartheid icon, has called for Mr Zuma to go as he had "demonstrated that he is not fit to govern".

Zuma's presidency has been overshadowed by allegations of corruption.

South Africa President Jacob Zuma (right) and his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa.

"President Zuma basically said to us 'I'm not going anywhere'".

"He must go because he has demonstrated that he is not fit to govern".

"If the ANC can not resolve this by Sunday, we must bring the EFF motion forward and vote him out", Steenhuisen said. "Some things can not be pardoned", it added in a statement.

"Every hour that passes shows Mr Zuma is still in the driving seat".

"These reports are false and the intention behind them is to negatively disturb the fruitful and constructive engagement between the president of the ANC and the president of the country around the question of transition", the statement said.

Magashule was briefing the media in Parliament on Thursday after ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa briefed the caucus. Analysts said the senior officials had met Zuma to ask him to step down.

The man poised to replace him, Ramphosa, said only that they had been busy discussing "pertinent matters".

Mr Zuma's presidency has been overshadowed by allegations of corruption.

In recent years his links to the wealthy India-born Gupta family, who are alleged to have influenced the government through their relationship with Zuma, have caused his popularity to plummet.

The NWC handles the day-to-day running of the ANC, which has run South Africa since the end of white minority rule in 1994.

Then there is also the country's struggling economy, with the unemployment rate rising to about 28%. "Our most important consideration is that we don't believe South Africa should wish for us to embarrass the president of the republic, in any way whatsoever", Duarte said.

The opposition parties had demanded that the speech be postponed until Zuma was removed from the leadership.

Ramaphosa triumphed over Zuma's former wife, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, at last December's party elective conference. Zuma was due to deliver the address on Thursday.