Natasha Marrian Deputy editor: Financial Mail

A discussion on Jacob Zuma’s future as SA’s president would be unavoidable at the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) meeting kicking off in Irene on Thursday, sources said. Sources in the NEC said ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa had undertaken at a special sitting of the committee last week to report back to it on his interaction with Zuma since his election as party president in December. Zuma is unlikely to complete his second term, with some insiders saying he may not even deliver the state of the nation address in February. The report on the interaction between Ramaphosa and Zuma is said to open the way for a discussion on Zuma’s removal from the Union Buildings. Zuma confirmed on Sunday that he and Ramaphosa had met alone and had agreed to hold regular meetings to ensure "synergy between the governing party and government", since the country’s president was no longer part of the ANC’s top six leaders. "There is no way that matter can be avoided; it has to be dealt with," sa...

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