President Jacob Zuma’s future as president of SA hung in the balance on Sunday as his party’s top decision-makers debated at length whether he should step down in order to prevent further decline in the party’s electoral support. By Sunday evening, the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) was still locked in discussions that were taking place in Zuma’s presence. The meeting is expected to continue on Monday. The talks began on Saturday when Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom proposed that Zuma step aside as president of the country, citing negative publicity that was harming the ANC. The talks reflect a considerable shift by the party’s NEC that has until now defended the president steadfastly despite the damaging Constitutional Court judgment on Nkandla and the party’s humiliating loss of support in the August local government elections. Insiders said it was significant that the matter was raised at all because Zuma enjoys the majority support on the NEC. The few members who stood ...

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