South Africa's Ramaphosa clears diary, pushing for Zuma…

South Africa's Ramaphosa clears diary, pushing for Zuma…

At a press briefing on Sunday, Hangwi Maumela, who claims to be an ANC branch member in Sandton, called for all South Africans to down tools on Monday until Zuma is removed as president of the country. The meeting begins around 4:00 p.m. Magashule eventually leaves, and Zuma and Ramaphosa meet alone. Either remove Zuma or let's vote in another president.

The rand, which has tended to strengthen on signs that Zuma could step down before his second term as president ends next year, rose yesterday as investors increased bets that Ramaphosa would be able to unseat the embattled president.

Ramaphosa has made no official comment since Wednesday when he pledged "a speedy resolution of the matter", while Zuma has not spoken since being asked to resign by senior ANC officials on Feb 4.

Speculation that Zuma's departure is imminent was fueled when Parliament postponed the annual state-of-the-nation address on Tuesday, two days before Zuma was to deliver it. Ramaphosa has said talks about a transition of power should conclude in a matter of days.

When Ramaphosa sold off his business in 2014 and returned to politics, he became one of South Africa's 20 richest people.

Zuma has overseen a tumultuous nine years in power marked by economic decline and numerous allegations of corruption. Pressure has been mounting on him to quit since Ramaphosa took over the ANC leadership.

President Jacob Zuma has reportedly tabled a number of conditions which will need to be fulfilled before he steps down as South Africa's president. "He has so many corruption charges against him", Maumela said.

Ramaphosa refused to offer Zuma a pre-resignation surety against prosecution.

Numerous recent graft allegations against Zuma are linked to the Guptas, a wealthy Indian business family accused of improperly winning government contracts and influencing cabinet appointments.

Zuma is also believed to want extended protection for his large family.

He said Cyril Ramaphosa had the upper hand, and more people in the NEC would favour the removal of Zuma.

He campaigned as the anti-Zuma candidate, promising to target corruption. Jacob knows it. He is out of time and out of options.

This ANC member preferred anonymity as caucus meetings are not for public repetition and because there was a desire not to aggravate the already deep fractures in Africa's oldest liberation movement, which Zuma has brought to the brink of disintegration.