S. Africa's ruling party dismisses reports that Zuma will resign on Saturday

Postponement of SONA a victory for Ramaphosa – Pieter Groenewald

Postponement of SONA a victory for Ramaphosa – Pieter Groenewald

This includes deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, who has reportedly also cleared his diary for Saturday.

Opposition parties said they would organise nationwide strikes and street protests as frustration grows over Mr Zuma's refusal to give up the presidency.

According to media reports, Zuma has reportedly demanded he be granted protection from prosecution as one of the demands for him to resign.

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It's understood that ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa and President Zuma are in the final phase of their negotiations around Zuma's exit plan.

Criminal charges against Zuma including corruption, racketeering and fraud, are linked to a 1999 multibillion-dollar government arms deal. Ace Magashule, the party's secretary-general, told reporters after the meeting that no timeline had been set for concluding talks with Zuma.

South Africa holds elections next year and ANC leaders worry Zuma's tenure, which has included corruption scandals and an economic slowdown, could help it lose a majority it has held since the end of apartheid in 1994.

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But the leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party Mmusi Maimane warned that South Africa could not "be held in limbo while Cyril Ramaphosa and Jacob Zuma. fight over the terms of Zuma's exit".

Zuma has survived several no-confidence votes in parliament but faces another on February 22 filed by the far-left opposition party Economic Freedom Fighters. "We want to ensure that we are not involved in motions of no-confidence, or impeachment that will affect our party".

"The engagement [between Zuma and Ramaphosa] is positive and therefore we really don't see much that can make us not achieve what we want to achieve - and that is to have the SONA [State of the Nation address] no later than a week's time".

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The Congress of the People's Mosiuoa Lekota says its suspicious that Ramaphosa simply can't remove Zuma when he's received authorisation from the national executive committee to do so. "We can surely all live with a few days delay".

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