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South Africa's ANC has called a meeting of its national executive for Monday, as Ramaphosa and his allies lobby for President Zuma to step down.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) said it was an insult to South Africans that President Jacob Zuma, according to reports, demanded a host of conditions as part of his removal of president.

The ANC NEC have been called to a special meeting in Pretoria on Monday afternoon, where it is believed that the agenda will be about Zuma's exit as president.

Opposition parties last week had threatened a "national shutdown" in response to Zuma's refusal to resign - although it was unclear if the action would go ahead. It was suggested that perhaps Mr. Ramaphosa was being mindful of likely ethnic-based violence in Kwazulu-Natal, where Mr. Zuma hails from, in the aftermath of a rash recall decision.

"Legally, we still have a President, whose name is Zuma and everyone hates him".

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But the EFF asked for it to take place earlier after a week of talks between Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa failed to bring the embattled president to resign.

The REC statement was issued hours after Tobeka Madiba-Zuma was reported on News24 as warning that all hell would break loose and accusing those trying to remove her husband from the Presidency of "picking a fight".

The new ANC leader's discussion with the parliamentary caucus of the impeachment article in the South Africa's constitution makes it clear that he is prepared to use big guns if necessary.

Zuma has shrugged off a succession of scandals during his nine-year tenure as president, but pressure has been mounting on him to quit since Cyril Ramaphosa won control of the ruling party in December.

Ramaphosa has confirmed that he was in talks with Zuma about his future as the president of South Africa.

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Zuma had been holding over Ramaphosa's head the unhappy prospect - for ANC and for Ramaphosa as its leader - of a mass defection of arch tribalists who feel closer to Zuma as a fellow Zulu than they do to the party.

The Guptas and Mr Zuma deny any wrongdoing but the allegations will not go away.

The interests of people must be put first, not the interests of individuals, said Ramaphosa.

Critics have a point about the South African government coming to a standstill while Ramaphosa and Zuma quibble about just how golden the latter's parachute will be.

He campaigned as the anti-Zuma candidate, promising to target corruption. "Whether it takes a week or just a few days, the end is nigh for Jacob Zuma".

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