ANC NEC wants land expropriation 'urgently'

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto

The weekly reports that Energy Minister David Mahlobo‚ who was appointed in October‚ has prioritised the implementation of nuclear energy‚ "a goal the Zuma administration apparently wants to have secured".

Several ANC insiders familiar with negotiations on Zuma's future told the Mail and Guardian that one of the key requirements would be that ANC MP Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma takes over as the country's interim president after he steps down.

New ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver the party's January 8 statement in the coastal city on Saturday. Ramaphosa reportedly prefers Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Zulu or Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, to take over as interim president should Zuma resign.

A process reportedly has been initiated to persuade Zuma to resign "gracefully".

But on Tuesday night, on the eve of the meeting, Zuma announced that he would establish a commission of inquiry into state capture.

Talk of Zuma's resignation had a positive impact on the rand, according to Business Day.

It has been reported that Ramaphosa has rejected this.

"The NEC was emphatic that we must urgently implement the resolution to pursue expropriation of land without compensation with due regard to safeguarding and growing the agricultural sector and ensuring food security‚" Magashule said.

She said that if Ramaphosa was truly serious about rooting out corruption‚ Zuma would no longer be the president of South Africa. It's understood Zuma's fate could be put on the agenda. His ties to Russian Federation have also been questionable.

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule told the Mail & Guardian that he could not confirm the rumours about Zuma's conditions, but said Dlamini-Zuma would play a role in future ANC plans because she was "part of the collective".