#NDZ will not succeed Zuma as president, says ANC

#NDZ will not succeed Zuma as president, says ANC

Magashule was responding to a Friday report by the Mail & Guardian newspaper that Zuma has provided key members of the ANC with a list of requirements if he were to step down as president of South Africa.

Ramaphosa, however, has reportedly turned down Zuma's demand for Dlamini-Zuma to be appointed Interim President and has suggested either Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu or National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete be appointed to the position temporarily.

This was mere speculation, newly elected ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule told reporters in East London, Eastern Cape Province, where the ANC will celebrate its 106th anniversary on Saturday. It is said that newly elected ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and chairperson Gwede Mantashe have privately expressed reservations about some of Zuma's conditions for stepping down as the country's president.

State Security Minister Bongani Bongo is another Cabinet appointee that Zuma wants to have retained‚ according to the report. Ramaphosa and other leaders of the ruling party paid tribute on January 8 to several missing leaders of the African National Congress in the province of KwaZulu Natal as John Langalibelele Dube, who was its first president and Josiah Gumede, Pixley ka Seme and Albert Luthuli.

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.

The rumour comes as there are growing calls for Zuma to be recalled as state president.

Meanwhile Zuma is expected to attend the January 8 rally to be held at the Absa stadium on Saturday.

This is rumor and will not be entertained by the ANC, Magashule said.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who met with Zuma on Thursday, will be one of the VIP guests.