No immunity for Zuma‚ Ramaphosa tells ANC caucus

South Africans ready to strike if Zuma clings on

South Africa president Jacob Zuma holds 'fruitful' talks with likely successor Cyril Ramaphosa

The DA has threatened court action, should ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa strike a deal with President Jacob Zuma that would see him or his family being granted immunity from criminal charges.

"I can say to you that there are different views", the party's deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte said Tuesday.

Ramaphosa said following progress made at the talks between him and Zuma, the ANC had pushed back an urgent meeting scheduled for Wednesday evening of its national executive, which has the power to instruct Zuma to resign.

"I am aware that the uncertainty surrounding the position of the head of state and government is a cause for concern among many South Africans", Ramaphosa said. "What we want to do is ensure that we are not involved in motions of no confidence or impeachments that will affect our party", Mashatile said.

The ANC top brass met with President Zuma in Pretoria on Sunday in an unsuccessful bid to persuade him to resign.

"These reports are false and the intention behind them is to negatively disturb the fruitful and constructive engagement between the president of the ANC and the president of the country around the question of transition", the statement said.

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Opposition leaders will meet on Monday to discuss a scheduled motion of no confidence in Zuma on February 22 as well as parliament's mandate to elect a new president in the event that Zuma is removed, the parties said.

The opposition parties had demanded that the speech be postponed until Zuma was removed from the leadership.

He also gave details of the meeting between Zuma and the party's top six, which took place on Sunday, confirming that the president refused to go. "It remains in doubt whether he will deliver the state-of-the-nation address". The Guptas and Zuma have denied any wrongdoing.

Zuma normally holds cabinet meetings on Wednesdays.

The power struggle has rocked the ANC, the storied liberation party which led the fight against white-minority rule but has since lost much of its public support.

After the pro-Zuma group Black First Land First announced its march on Monday, a pro-Ramaphosa faction of the ANC said it would "defend" Luthuli House, raising the prospect of clashes between different camps within the party.

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