[LATEST]News24 is reporting that the ANC's NEC has resolved to put an ultimatum to President Jacob Zuma: resign or be fired. He will have "a day or two" to make a decision. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been dispatched to convey the message. The ANC's leadership has been in constant consultation with Zuma since last Sunday.
Ramaphosa on Sunday said the NEC will bring "finality" and "closure" to the matter.
Tsjoe! President Zuma really killed the green shoots of the Cyril Spring. It's almost midnight and it feels like Cyril Ramaphosa won't deliver on his promise of finality on Monday (today).— Ferial Haffajee (@ferialhaffajee) February 12, 2018
A short history of transition talks:— Adriaan Basson (@AdriaanBasson) February 12, 2018
* Sunday: ANC top 6 asks ZUMA to resign. He says no.
* Monday: NWC says ZUMA must go.
* Tuesday: RAMAPHOSA asks ZUMA to resign. He says okay, but only if.
* W/T/F/S/S: ZUMA ignores ANC.
* Monday: ANC NEC asks ZUMA to resign. @TeamNews24
Cyril Ramaphosa has just left the official presidential residence in Pretoria where it is believed that he met met with President Jacob Zuma following an NEC meeting (@AlexMitchley) pic.twitter.com/0JnDGoNlEn— Team News24 (@TeamNews24) February 12, 2018
[EARLIER] Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is at President Jacob Zuma's official residence in Pretoria, Mahlamba'Ndlopfu, claims EFF leader Julius Malema. Events are moving apace now.
Ramapostponer just entered Mahlambandlofu— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) February 12, 2018
St George's Hotel is on lockdown until a decision is communicated to the delinquent— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) February 12, 2018
[EARLIER] Zuma wants to serve a three month "notice period" after which he will resign unconditionally, Business Day is reporting. He wants to use the three months to "introduce" Ramaphosa to the international community.
[EARLIER] Ramaphosa and the ANC's secretary-general Ace Magsashule have left the Saint George Hotel in Irene close to Pretoria, reports News24. There is no indication whether the ANC will make an announcement about President Jacob Zuma's future on Monday night.
Goodness. #CyrilRamaphosa has about one hour to lock down on the line he drew in the sand yesterday Or his beachhead would have been breached.— Ferial Haffajee (@ferialhaffajee) February 12, 2018
[EARLIER] EWN is reporting that the meeting of the ANC's national executive committee is still ongoing at the Saint George Hotel outside Irene, near Pretoria. There is no indication of the nature of the debate inside.
News24 has reported the Collen Maine, leader of the ANC Youth League and an ardent supporter of Zuma, has left.
The NEC deliberated for two days and into the night during the recall of former president Thabo Mbeki in September 2008. After the NEC took the decision a delegation of the party's leadership visited Mbeki in Pretoria in the early hours of the morning. The decision was announced to the media later that day.
The NEC meeting started at 14:00.
The presidency earlier denied reports that an agreement had been reached about Zuma's future.
[EARLIER] According to an SABC report on Monday afternoon, Zuma had agreed to step down, adding that the only sticking point was who would communicate the decision: government or the ANC. BBC news correspondent Milton Nkosi also reported that the ANC had recalled Zuma.
In a subsequent tweet, however, he said as a matter of 'clarification' that the ANC national executive committee (NEC) meeting was still ongoing. Although calls for Zuma to step down had been made, he said, there was no official announcement made by the ANC.
A presidential official shortly after told News24 that news of Zuma's resignation was false:
A presidential official has said the news of President Jacob Zuma's resignation is false but waiting for official statement. @TeamNews24— Mahlatse Mahlase (@hlatseentle) February 12, 2018
There has been no communication by the ANC on Monday. The meeting of the governing party's national executive committee started at 14:00 and is still ongoing. ANC NEC members, as well as some blue light brigades, arrived well before the start time of the meeting.
ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa is the first to arrive at the venue at Irene outside Pretoria where the governing party's NEC is to meet today to decide on the fate of President Jacob Zuma #sabcnewspic.twitter.com/dT1NUq35SF— SAfm news (@SAfmnews) February 12, 2018
Ramaphosa on Sunday told ANC supporters in Cape Town the NEC would on Monday bring the issue around Zuma's future to "finalisation" and "closure".
The NEC meeting is continuing.