South African president Jacob Zuma's fate to be finalised


That was the views from leading political analysts yesterday regarding the impasse in Zuma's impending ousting.

The party has only said that the talks were "constructive". "I think that is probably the situation".

South Africa's ANC has called a meeting of its national executive for Monday, as Ramaphosa and his allies lobby for President Zuma to step down.

According to him, Zuma was acting like Robert Mugabe, who clung to power until he was threatened with impeachment.

Susan Booysen, a politics professor from Wits University in Johannesburg, said Zuma may fight on for several more days.

NEC is a key ANC decision-making body that has the power to instruct Mr Zuma to resign.

The ongoing impasse over Zuma's resignation led to the cancellation of a series of public events last week, including the annual State of the Nation address on Thursday.

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Opposition parties are set to meet at Parliament on Monday afternoon to discuss the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma and a plan for countrywide mass action to support it.

After the rally, Ramaphosa and ANC officials met with "international friends" of the party, mostly diplomats.

Litha Madita, 48, an NGO worker from Cape Town, welcomed the announcement of the NEC meeting, adding that Ramaphosa has spoken "to the aspirations of the South Africans".

"We know you want closure on this matter", Ramaphosa said while launching centenary celebrations in honor of late president Nelson Mandela at the Grand Parade in Cape Town.

On Sunday, DA federal chairperson James Selfe said that a deal where Zuma's legal fees would be taken care of was "unthinkable", News24 reported.

The post comes as the president is facing increased pressure within the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to step aside as head of state.

Supporters of Ramaphosa, who is seen as the standard bearer of the party's reformist wing, say it is essential Zuma is sidelined as early as possible to allow the ANC to regroup before campaigning starts in earnest for elections in 2019. Unlike Zuma, he doesn't seek to use his presidential powers to dodge courts.