'Zuma will go if Dlamini-Zuma is made interim president'

Cyril Ramaphosa

The Mail & Guardian reports that Zuma is adamant that ANC MP Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma take over as the country's interim president after he steps down.

"If it is seen as a president Zuma win, it will hamstring Ramaphosa to the point where people will say he's too soft and not in charge".

"If such negative scenario unfolds, optimism among investors may fade leaving the rand vulnerable to a round of profit taking", he told CNBC via e-mail Friday.

The beleaguered President also wants surety that some of his key Cabinet appointments - including the recent reshuffling of David Mahlobo to the Energy ministry and Bongani Bongo, who has allegations of corruption hanging over his head, to Minister of State Security.

Last week, The Star reported that Zuma had been given an ultimatum by Ramaphosa supporters in the NEC, that he should either resign before this week's NEC meeting or face a motion of no confidence against him.

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"The NEC was emphatic that we must urgently implement the resolution to pursue expropriation of land without compensation with due regard to safeguarding and growing the agricultural sector and ensuring food security‚" Magashule said.

Although Magashule did not disclose the details, the talks were believed to be part of the process of persuading Zuma to resign.

Ramaphosa and the top leaders are also scheduled to visit acting AbaThembu king Azenathi Dalindyebo.

Newly-elected African National Congress' top brass have made a courtesy call on the family of former ANC president and founding father of South Africa's democracy, Nelson Mandela, at his home village of Qunu.The visit of members of the ANC national executive committee led by ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa comes ahead of the party's 106th birthday celebrations in East London on Saturday.

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