Contrary to mounting speculation, "the matter was not for any discussion or debate", ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule told reporters, according to Reuters.
"There is no substance to the fact that the former chairperson of the AU will be the president".
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's second presidential term ends in 2019, but Ramaphosa could push for an earlier resignation. One of the demands is rumoured to be that Dlamini Zuma would succeed him as president.
The NEC had met on Wednesday at a special NEC meeting in East London‚ where the celebrations will take place‚ and deliberated only on the January 8 statement‚ even though it was widely speculated that the NEC would discuss recalling President Jacob Zuma.
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Local news website Hibiny.com reported that the man also attempted to steal a bottle of wine after the early-morning incident. Onlookers didn't seem particularly concerned about the sight of a military machine on the sidewalk.
Magashule also confirmed that Zuma will attend the ANC's 106th anniversary celebration on Saturday.
At a press conference after a two-day meeting of the National Executive Committee, Magashule noted that tomorrow's statements by ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa, on the occasion of the 106th anniversary of the organization, will start people's mobilization for the election.
Magashule explained that Zuma will attend the rally in his capacity as an ex officio member of the NEC.
"The NEC was emphatic that we must urgently implement the resolution to pursue expropriation of land without compensation with due regard to safeguarding and growing the agricultural sector and ensuring food security‚" Magashule said.
Deputy secretary-general Jesse Duarte said the ANC hopes the event will be a success but will not say how many people are expected.