Ruling party deciding whether Jacob Zuma should remain South Africa's president


According to the executives of the party, "we discussed this matter... there will be interaction between officials, President Zuma and (party) president (Cyril) Ramaphosa and there is no timeline." .

A report by The Guardian late on Monday reiterated that plans are in place to oust Zuma within the next two weeks, despite comments from secretary general Ace Magashule that NEC had not yet made a decision on the future of the current president. Silke said Zuma was a "festering wound" for the ANC, and Ramaphosa had to move rapidly to reassure worldwide investors and rating agencies that the party was changing course.

"This was defeated by other members who proved that the previous NEC never took such a decision", another NEC member said.

Jacob Zuma, Baleke Mbete and Cyril Ramaphosa arrive at parliament to deliver the annual state-of-the-nation address in Cape Town on February 12, 2015.

Zuma's departure would make it easier for Ramaphosa to revitalise the economy and tackle corruption.

AAP not given chance to speak, President's intervention required: Sisodia
Alka Lamba, AAP MLA from Chandani Chowk, said all 20 AAP MLAs have sought appointment with the president at individual level. He also called the recommendation made by the EC as "unconstitutional and undemocratic".

Economic growth has slowed to a near-standstill under Zuma's leadership and his tenure has been tainted by a series of corruption accusations, which he denies. His election as ANC leader helped boost the rand more than 10 percent against the dollar last month and it reached the strongest level since May 2015 earlier on Monday in Johannesburg.

The rand has rallied to a 2-1/2 year high since union leader-turned-businessman Cyril Ramaphosa won the ANC leadership on December 18 as investors bet he would crack down on corruption and implement policy reforms.

Ramaphosa and his delegation are expected to assure worldwide investors that South Africa is no longer facing political uncertainty.

"Zuma is in a corner and neutralised", said Professor Susan Booysen at Wits University's School of Governance.