Magashule: ANC NEC hasn't discussed replacing Zuma

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President Jacob Zuma has reportedly set a number of conditions which will need to be fulfilled before he steps down as South Africa's president.

Zuma also wants key members within his cabinet to stay in power and become part of the next government, to be led by newly elected ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa, according to the report.

Ramaphosa, however, has reportedly turned down Zuma's demand for Dlamini-Zuma to be appointed Interim President and has suggested either Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu or National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete be appointed to the position temporarily.

The report said Zuma is adamant that after he steps down, Dlamini-Zuma, ex-wife of Zuma and now an ANC MP, takes over as the country's interim president until the 2019 general elections.

Last week, The Star reported that Zuma had been given an ultimatum by Ramaphosa supporters in the NEC, that he should either resign before this week's NEC meeting or face a motion of no confidence against him.

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Magashule said the ANC welcomed the decision by the president to establish a judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture. The rand slipped more than a percentage point against the dollar on Wednesday, the day of the meeting.

African National Congress secretary general Ace Magashule briefs the media at the Absa Stadium in East London, on 12 January 2018.

According to The Citizen, analysts believe it is far likelier that Zuma will be given the option to resign rather than being recalled for two reasons.

This past Sunday parliament said it would meet and review its rules relating to removing the country's president, after the constitutional court said on December 29 lawmakers had previously failed to hold Zuma to account. It's understood Zuma's fate could be put on the agenda.