Magashule: ANC NEC hasn't discussed replacing Zuma

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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.

Supporters of President Jacob Zuma are demanding that his pro-nuclear deal Cabinet minister retains his job and for his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to be appointed as interim president until the next general election‚ before agreeing to any proposed exit deal for the man from Nkandla.

Magashule was responding to a Friday report by the Mail & Guardian newspaper that Zuma has provided key members of the ANC with a list of requirements if he were to step down as president of South Africa.

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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.

"Whoever comes in will make or break him", a senior member of the NEC reportedly said. "There is no substance that the former AU Chairperson will be the president", Magashule added.

Some NEC members had earlier told News24 that they want Ramaphosa, who now serves as Zuma's deputy in government, to take over from him.

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The January 8th Statement is delivered each year to mark the ANC's birthday. "It will be the beginning of us mobilising our people for a decisive victory in 2019", Magashule said.

The ANC secretary general told reporters the nation will be notified in due course. Ramaphosa and other leaders of the ruling party paid tribute on January 8 to several missing leaders of the African National Congress in the province of KwaZulu Natal as John Langalibelele Dube, who was its first president and Josiah Gumede, Pixley ka Seme and Albert Luthuli.

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