South Africa's President Jacob Zuma under mounting pressure to quit

The meeting, to be held at the president's official residence in Pretoria, will be led by the party's Deputy President David Mabuza and could determine whether Zuma delivers the state of the nation address on Thursday, the newspaper said.

It would need to call a meeting of the party's National Executive Committee to force Mr Zuma to quit.

The party's top six were in Limpopo to meet with traditional leaders, while also preparing to meet with President Jacob Zuma on Sunday.

The ANC's NWC conducts the day-to-day running of the party.

They remained tight-lipped as the talks ended but have called a meeting of the party's national working committee for Monday.

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Those privy to the discussion said they expected the meeting to be a hard one as Zuma has made it clear to his inner circle that he would not be resigning any time soon and he was even prepared to risk being ousted through a parliamentary impeachment process or a motion of no confidence, which would see him forfeiting retirement benefits such as, among others, a salary for life.

"He refused to resign and he told them to take a decision to remove him if they wish to do so because he didn't do anything wrong to the country", Mr Malema wrote on Twitter.

Mr Ramaphosa, who is in a strong position to become the next president of South Africa, has been lobbying for Mr Zuma's removal. Analysts say party chiefs want to avoid a power struggle that could split the ANC before elections next year.

Zuma, who faces corruption allegations, was replaced as ANC leader by Cyril Ramaphosa in December.

SowetanLIVE said it had been informed by sources that the officials would inform Zuma to resign or face Parliament where he would be impeached or face a motion of no confidence against him. However, Zuma still has support within the top 6 with Secretary General Ace Magashule and his deputy Jessie Duarte defending his continued stay at Union Buildings.

  • Ronnie Bowen