Ramaphosa to skip Zuma ouster bid meeting with ANC

S Africa's Zuma faces another no confidence vote

The meeting, to be held at the president's official residence in Pretoria, will be led by the party's Deputy President David Mabuza and could determine whether Zuma delivers the state of the nation address on Thursday, the newspaper said.

The six most powerful officials in South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) will meet President Jacob Zuma on Sunday, a senior party leader said, amid growing pressure for the 75-year old leader to step down.

On Friday Baleka Mbete, Speaker of the House, agreed to allow yet another vote of no confidence in Zuma, the ninth he will have faced, on February 22. However, cracks began to show in the top six leadership as ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, a staunch Zuma supporter, told eNCA on Saturday that Zuma will deliver the Sona.

The ANC has said it has discussed Zuma resigning before the end of his term in mid-2019, although his staunch supporters within the party say that will not happen.

The rand, which tends to strengthen on signs Zuma could leave office, pared losses on the announcement from parliament.

Zuma narrowly survived a no-confidence vote in August, when some ANC lawmakers voted with the opposition.

"We are not going to humiliate President Zuma; we are going to have a discussion on what is in the interest of the ANC and the economy", Mantashe said.

Ramaphosa is in pole position to win an election next year and many in the party want Zuma out so that Ramaphosa can embark on his anti-corruption agenda. The Democratic Alliance was unsuccessful in its bid to have the Sona postponed.

Although Mr Zuma retains the support of a faction within the ANC, he no longer holds a top post.

"That is why tonight we are meeting with President Zuma", said Mantashe to some applause in the St John Apostolic Faith Mission church on Sunday afternoon. They also tried to have have a motion of no confidence in Zuma debated before the address.

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