Just another day at the office for Zuma

Just another day at the office for Zuma

Gardee says any bid to remove Zuma by way of impeachment would take months and that his party believes the motion of no confidence would have the support of African National Congress Members of Parliament.

The president, in power since 2009, is due to make a state of the nation address on Thursday, and some in the party want Mr Zuma to leave office ahead of that speech.

The 75-year-old Zuma, who has resisted calls from party leaders to step down, has governed the country for a tumultuous nine year period that has been marked by economic decline and many allegations of corruption.

"We will be able to communicate further on President Zuma's position as President of the Republic once we have finalised all pertinent matters", Ramaphosa said.

The talks began after the ANC delayed an emergency meeting of its national executive committee, which has the authority to order Zuma to resign, from Wednesday to February 17.

News that Zuma's State of the Nation Address has been postponed at the 11th hour, has fueled speculation that his departure may be imminent. Times Live, an online news service, quoted sources as saying Zuma would resign as soon as a list of preconditions had been finalised.

National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete said she expected to receive feedback from Zuma and Ramaphosa on Wednesday. A routine Cabinet meeting will take place next week.

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"I was there... I left the two presidents to engage and I joined the meeting towards the end", he said.

The former union leader has said he does not want to humiliate Zuma but has been lobbying behind the scenes for him to step down early.

In previous years, opposition lawmakers have shouted Mr Zuma down and been ejected from parliament by security guards in chaotic scenes.

Mr Zuma's presidency has been overshadowed by allegations of corruption. He is accused of helping the wealthy Gupta business family to illegally secure billions of rand in state contracts.

Zuma also faces another no-confidence vote against his leadership in parliament on February 22, brought by the ultra-left Economic Freedom Fighters party.

"We are in a process of removing Zuma, all we are asking for from the ANC is that it looks like this guy has defeated you, leave him to us", Malema said at a media conference.

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