Is this the end for Jacob Zuma?

Two more cabinet members - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi - have since joined Hanekom in asking Zuma to step down, News24 reported.

"During the course of these discussions, a call was made for ANC President, Comrade Jacob Zuma, to consider stepping down as the President of the Republic of South Africa", says Mantashe.

Mantashe said they used consensus in the party to oppose voting in the NEC.

"Following robust, honest, candid and at times hard discussions, the NEC did not support the call for the President to step down", said the ANC.

Separately, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa called for calm in a speech to local government officials in Johannesburg, saying "recent events within the state have raised concern in many quarters about the direction of the country". They also agreed to hold a national conference in December 2017 where they will elect the new party leadership.

"There was no vote of no confidence in that meeting ..."

ANC spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, told EWN that senior members have been advised to approach the press ombudsman to lay complaints against media houses they feel have aggrieved them.

Political analysts said Zuma's leadership would be weakened by the challenge even though he survived the call to step down.

"That is because Jacob Zuma is not an anomaly within the ANC‚ he is the norm: he is only the most vivid manifestation of what the ANC has become - an irredeemable and toxic mix of corruption‚ cronyism and nepotism‚" Maimane said in a statement on Tuesday.

"The ANC may well be exhausted of Zuma but it's not clear it is ready to conclude anything on succession yet", he said in a briefing note.

Zuma has left the NEC gathering in Irene to meet with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

The special meeting was called a month after former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, released the State of Capture Report which alleged that the president had been involved in business dealings with a wealthy family allowing them to influence state contracts and cabinet appointments.

He also denied that a vote of no confidence was ever on the table at the NEC meeting over the weekend and affirms that there is unity that President Zuma will not resign. "We will survive this one again", said the ANC member, who asked not to be named.

Zuma's seven-year tenure as president has been marred by a succession of scandals and policy missteps that have weighed on the rand and put the nation's investment-grade credit rating at risk.

Maybe sensing that the tide in the ANC was turning against Mr Zuma, opposition party the Economic Freedom Fighters yesterday applied to parliament for another vote of no confidence in Mr Zuma to take place.

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