ANC Denies Reports About President Zuma's Demands For Stepping Down

South African ruling party president Cyril Ramaphosa faces an uphill task to recover public support for Africa's oldest liberation movement ahead of elections in 2019

ANC Denies Reports About President Zuma's Demands For Stepping Down

This is one of the key conditions that Zuma has put down during behind-the-scenes negotiations now taking place with newly elected ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa, in exchange for his resignation, according to a Mail & Guardian report. However, according to sources, the NEC members were kept in a separate room while Nelson Mandela grandson Nkosi Mandla Mandela had a meeting with Ramaphosa, Gwede Mantashe, Paul Mashatile, Ace Magashule, Jessie Duarte and ANC provincial chairman Oscar Mabuyane.

President Zuma and his supporters have also reportedly demanded that some of his key cabinet appointments, such as energy minister David Mahlobo and state security minister Bongani Bongo be retained in Ramaphosa's new cabinet.

The idea is that Dlamini-Zuma serve as Acting President until the outcome of the general elections due to take place in the second quarter of 2019.

But on Tuesday night, on the eve of the meeting, Zuma announced that he would establish a commission of inquiry into state capture. The rand slipped more than a percentage point against the dollar on Wednesday, the day of the meeting.

The visit to Mthatha on Thursday is part of the ANC's mass mobilization campaign, a build up to Saturday's 106th anniversary celebrations to be held at the Buffalo City stadium in East London on Saturday.

Political analyst Lukhona Mnguni believes the option to appoint Dlamini Zuma as interim president should not be presented along factional lines.

Because neither Ramaphosa or Zuma appears willing to concede the talks are said to have reached something of a stalemate as the ANC prepares to begin the new year in earnest.

Mahlobo is seen as key to Zuma's desire to see the nuclear energy plan be implemented, and allegedly put pressure on government officials to rush the implementation of the plan.

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