Published: Fri, February 09, 2018

Magashule to brief ANC MPs on Zuma exit talks

Magashule to brief ANC MPs on Zuma exit talks

Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete says she's waiting for certainty from the executive about the way forward for the state of the nation address.

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) had been preparing to fire Zuma as head of state this week, but a negotiated exit now looks more likely.

Zuma's office described a social media report that Russian President Vladimir Putin was going to visit the country this week as "fake" news.

Mr Ramaphosa said that postponing a meeting on Wednesday of top ANC officials would "enable President Zuma and myself to conclude our the coming days".

"The discussions were constructive and lay the basis for a speedy resolution of the matter in the interests of the country and the people", Mr Ramaphosa said.

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

"Caucus doesn't take a decision who becomes president of the republic".

"We will tell you exactly what the NEC has decided post our meeting".

Top of the agenda was the postponement of the State of the Nation Address (Sona) and new rules now under discussion for the removal of a sitting president.

A motion of no confidence in Zuma proposed by the Economic Freedom Fighters, the third-biggest party, is due to be debated on February 22, while the Democratic Alliance, the main opposition party, wants it brought forward to next week.

This followed a caucus meeting held by the party in Parliament.

Zuma has not said in public whether he will step down voluntarily.

Duarte and party secretary-general and top-six member Ace Magashule have backed Zuma.

Mr Zuma's 10 years at the helm of the ANC ended last December, but his tenure as South Africa's president officially runs until 2019. The ANC is Africa's most prominent liberation movement and many veterans of the long struggle against apartheid worry that the corruption allegations against Zuma are undermining its legacy.

The DA leader said his party rejects any amnesty or special deal for Zuma.

Mashatile says: "We've now agreed that if the president doesn't want to resign voluntarily, we'll recall him like we did with Thabo Mbeki".

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has also urged him to step down.

There have been strong indications since Monday that Zuma's exit could be on the cards. Zuma had declined to resign saying that "if he resigns now it would mean that he would [be] admitting that he had done something wrong", the insider told the newspaper.

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