Zuma lists conditions for stepping down as president

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa talks to his deputy DD Mabuza and ANC Treasure General Paul Mashatile. File

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa talks to his deputy DD Mabuza and ANC Treasure General Paul Mashatile. File

The beleaguered President also wants surety that some of his key Cabinet appointments - including the recent reshuffling of David Mahlobo to the Energy ministry and Bongani Bongo, who has allegations of corruption hanging over his head, to Minister of State Security.

The latest developments came as pressure was mounting on Zuma to resign.

African National Congress secretary general Ace Magashule briefs the media at the Absa Stadium in East London, on 12 January 2018. It is said that newly elected ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and chairperson Gwede Mantashe have privately expressed reservations about some of Zuma's conditions for stepping down as the country's president.

"Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is part of the collective".

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa confirmed that there are negotiations now underway between various leaders within the party. "We are not aware of the conditions", Kodwa said. They [Ramaphosa and Manatshe] are refusing that condition.

Piotr Matys, emerging market strategist at Rabobank, warned that ousting Zuma could also cause trouble for the South African currency, saying that: "The governing ANC could be engulfed in political bickering between Zuma's camp and members of the party who voted for Ramaphosa".

The NEC members said that it would also be hard for Ramaphosa to retain members of cabinet such as Mahlobo, who has insisted on implementing a nuclear programme which is not affordable to the country. This is said to have saved him, sources told the Mail & Guardian, as his failure to establish the commission was going to be used as the reason why he should resign at the NEC meeting. King Zwelithi allegedly backed the proposal to have Zuma recalled as head of state.

This would mean, amongst other things, that Dlamini Zuma would retain presidential benefits after being an acting stateswoman.

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