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South Africans ready to strike if Zuma clings on

South Africans ready to strike if Zuma clings on

This is after the ANC announced its special NEC meeting planned for Wednesday had been postponed to February 17 amid reports of an agreement between the State and party presidents.

The African National Congress, which has ruled since Nelson Mandela won the post-apartheid 1994 election, has been plunged into chaos over the transition of power from Zuma to his deputy Ramaphosa.

In a statement, Mr Ramaphosa said the NEC meeting was suspended to allow himself and Mr Zuma to conclude their talks, and he promised to report back "in the coming days".

After multiple meetings with the president, it would appear that Jacob Zuma remains reluctant to stepping down, and it has been suggested that he is looking at trying to obtain immunity against allegations of corruption for him and his family before relinquishing the presidency.

If the ANC had chose to withdraw all their support, President Zuma would not have a majority in parliament, making it hard for him to resist.

Mr Zuma, 75, was replaced as party leader by Mr Ramaphosa, his 65-year-old deputy, in December.

Ruling party leaders are uncomfortable with the idea of backing an opposition motion, fueling speculation that the ANC will make an internal decision to remove Zuma in the same way that President Thabo Mbeki was ousted in 2008 during his second term.

"President Zuma basically said to us: "I'm not going anywhere, I'm not convinced by you guys so I'm not going to resign".

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Both Mr Zuma and the Guptas deny any wrongdoing.

He was meant to deliver the state-of-the-nation address on Thursday evening, but this was postponed as his negotiations with Ramaphosa continued after party heavyweights called on him to resign.

Independent political analyst Ralph Mathekga told AFP that Zuma's departure had been mishandled by the ANC.

According to Ramaphosa, his discussions with Zuma "were constructive and lay the basis for a speedy resolution of the matter in the interests of the country and its people".

Markets have also been captivated by the possibility that the South African president will be recalled by the ANC, an initiative being led by Ramaphosa.

He faces several court cases, including action relating to 783 payments he received allegedly linked to an arms deal before he came to power in 2009.

South Africa President Jacob Zuma (right) and his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa.

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