Incidentally, the South African Communist Party (SACP), an ally of the ANC and member of its tripartite alliance, alleged that Mr. Zuma planned to fire Mr. Ramaphosa as deputy president, a move he would have needed to make before what would have been a recall decision by the party executives at their shelved meeting.
Either Zuma will pay heed to their demands to step aside, or he faces a vote of no confidence in parliament - which he is likely to lose - or face impeachment.
"Our view is that if the president does not want to resign, for whatever reason, we have a party to run that is going to be very soon in an election campaign and we don't want to be dealing with other problems".
At the same time, opposition parties are also meeting to discuss the way forward, with particular emphasis on a national protest against Zuma - set to take place either before or on the day of Zuma's no-confidence vote. "We know you want closure on this matter".
WHILEJacob Zuma's exit negotiations are now ongoing‚ political analyst Professor Somadoda Fikeni reckons the president may still be trying to obtain a settlement agreement that would suit his needs once he vacates the Union Buildings.
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It was discussed at length on issues relating to high cost of living, unemployment, curtailing corruption and fraud. The long-delayed election comes after the councils were dissolved over two years ago after their tenure ended.
Ramaphosa has put the focus on rooting out corruption and revitalising economic growth since defeating Zuma's preferred successor, Zuma's ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, in the ANC leadership race.
Sunday's rally was part of ANC celebrations marking 100 years since late leader Nelson Mandela's birth - as well as efforts by Ramaphosa to try to revive the party's tainted reputation ahead of next year's general election. Like the frustratingly nail-biting wait that presaged the resignation of former Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, the South African "transition" is turning out to be similarly intriguing. The Guptas and Zuma have denied any wrongdoing.
"A stalemate is the best description for the situation", she told AFP. The president continues to have some support, including among the ANC leadership, further complicating negotiations. "As we remember this great leader, this year gives us an opportunity as we remember Mandela, to reaffirm our vision of a non-racial society, to build an SA for all our people", said Ramaphosa.
Zuma and Ramaphosa will reportedly conclude talks before the end of the weekend, and the discussions are focused on logistical and legal concerns, like support for his family and some of Zuma's legal issues.