The traditional 8 January statement - which this year marked the ANC's 106th anniversary - will be delivered in East London on Saturday.
Newly elected secretary-general, now chairperson and premier of Mpumalanga David Mabuza yesterday told reporters, in a matter-of-fact tone, that the ANC would not be discussing the recall of country president Jacob Zuma.
Recent events had indicated that the market had not entirely priced in Zuma's exit‚ which was expected after reports last week that he would be recalled if he did not voluntarily resign before today's meeting.
But the new collective is said to have opted to exclusively discuss matters related to this weekend's 8 January statement, which will set the tone for the leadership's goals. Sources inside the national executive committee had told News24 that Ramaphosa was scheduled to meet with Zuma during his visit to KwaZulu-Natal on the weekend.
The DA will continue to pursue every possible avenue to hold Zuma accountable for the 783 counts of corruption against him as well as his role in state capture.
"The party will, I think, go for unity and compromises would have to be made".
The sources all agreed that it was now a matter of when, and not if, Zuma stepped down.
Zuma's move and the rand's reaction came before the new top leadership of the ruling African National Congress gathers for the first time.
In 2014 Zuma had failed to abide by recommendations made by the country's anti-corruption watchdog over Dollars 15 million (12.5 million euros) of taxpayer-funded refurbishments at his personal home in the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province.
Zuma, however, has shown no intentions of resigning.