South African President Zuma Will Reportedly Resign After Preconditions Met

Sowetan via Getty Images                       Vibes... Deputy President Cyril Rampahosa and President Jacob Zuma at last week's Cabinet lekgotla

The ANC had scheduled an urgent meeting for Wednesday evening of its national executive - which has the power to instruct Zuma to resign - but postponed it late on Tuesday after "constructive" talks between Zuma and Ramaphosa.

As president, Zuma had been due to deliver the State of the Nation address to parliament in Cape Town tomorrow - a closely-watched event that shapes the political agenda for the coming year.

The ANC's former head of intelligence, Zuma took power in May 2009 and clung to office through a series of scandals with the aid of his allies who controlled most key positions in the party and government.

Members of the Black First Land First (BLF) movement, who are calling for Zuma to be allowed to serve out his term as country president until 2019, were greeted by ANC supporters at Luthuli House in Johannesburg.

The ANC did not say what had been decided at the meeting between Zuma and the party's "top six" leadership team at Zuma's residence in Pretoria, but it summoned its National Working Committee (NWC) to an urgent meeting on Monday afternoon.

Parliament - The much anticipated meeting of the African National Congress' national executive committee to decide the fate of embattled President Jacob Zuma has now been postponed to next week. "We will be able to communicate further on President Zuma's position as President of the Republic once we have finalised all pertinent matters", he said.

"The State of Nation Address is important as it sets the tone for the year; he should not be presenting it". That sitting would have seen a showdown between supporters of Zuma and Ramaphosa - Zuma's group had geared up to defend any attempt to remove him.

South Africa had seen "systematic looting" under Mr Zuma's rule, and he "must go sooner rather than later", it said in a statement.

On Wednesday, Zuma called a social media report that Russian President Vladimir Putin was going to visit the country this week "fake news", and denied allegations by opponents that he is preparing to fire Ramaphosa. The rand had been remarkably stable during this volatility, likely finding support from the increasing prospect of Zuma's departure, analysts said.

"The postponement came at the advice of ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa after his engagement with President Jacob Zuma", said ANC spokesperson Khusela Diko. He has been weakened by the election of his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, as party leader. The State of the Nation Address will be broadcast live on: Dstv Channel 408, SABC TV, eNCA, ANN7, SABC radio stations and Parliament's YouTube Channel.

The last time there was a motion against Zuma, 25 ANC members voted with the opposition parties. The address has been postponed.

Zuma has been embroiled in scandals, including multi-million-dollar upgrades to his private home with state money and his association with the Guptas, a business family accused of looting state enterprises and influencing Cabinet ministers for their own benefit.

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