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

File Ebrahim Fakir writes that ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa is in fact facing three centres of power including one at the'Saxonwold Shebeen

Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the governing party's birthday celebrations, with Ramaphosa delivering the annual January 8 statement that sets the tone for the party for the year ahead.

According to Mandla‚ who is also the chief of the Mvezo and an ANC MP‚ other NEC members were later allowed inside "and were given breakfast like everybody" else.

The latest developments came as pressure was mounting on Zuma to resign.

The report said Zuma is adamant that after he steps down, Dlamini-Zuma, ex-wife of Zuma and now an ANC MP, takes over as the country's interim president until the 2019 general elections.

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Magashule said the ANC welcomed the decision by the president to establish a judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture. "Bongo has been in the media for all the wrong reasons since he was appointed", another NEC member said.

Talk of Zuma's resignation had a positive impact on the rand, according to Business Day. The rand slipped more than a percentage point against the dollar on Wednesday, the day of the meeting. 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. His ties to Russian Federation have also been questionable. King Zwelithi allegedly backed the proposal to have Zuma recalled as head of state.

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 also reported that Zuma's suggestion that Dlamini-Zuma serve as interim president has been rejected by Ramaphosa, who has argued that Human Settlements Minister and NEC member Lindiwe Sisulu or National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete would be better suited to hold the fort for two years.