Sacred traditions stop ANC leaders from paying tribute at Qunu

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Sacred traditions stop ANC leaders from paying tribute at Qunu

News reports suggest that President Jacob Zuma has provided key members of the ANC with a list of requirements if he were to step down as president of South Africa.

This is according to the Mail and Guardian‚ quoting ANC insiders.

On January 8, Ramaphosa said the ANC should now rid itself of factionalism after its elective conference in December, at which he was elected ANC president.

Notably the condition that Dlamini-Zuma serve as interim president has been rejected by Ramaphosa, who has instead nominated Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu or National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete for the role.

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"At the moment, it's a stalemate (on the conditions under which Zuma would agree to resign)".

But on Tuesday night, on the eve of the meeting, Zuma announced that he would establish a commission of inquiry into state capture.

Earlier, several NEC members almost missed out on the meeting as security at the Mandela homestead did not recognise them.

It has been reported that Ramaphosa has rejected this.

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But, the ANC's National Executive Committee met for the first time Wednesday since the party's leadership election, at which it emerged that Zuma's position was not discussed.

Although Magashule did not disclose the details, the talks were believed to be part of the process of persuading Zuma to resign. Firstly, because ANC leaders do not want to humiliate him, and secondly, because he still has allies in the NEC that Ramaphosa supporters will not want to alienate. It's understood Zuma's fate could be put on the agenda.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa reportedly said the ANC was aware of discussions between Zuma and Ramaphosa about "how to we ensure Luthuli House remains a centre of power without undermining the office of the president of the republic", but said he knew nothing of Zuma's reported conditions.

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