Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that he was in talks with Zuma about his future as the president of the country.
Ruling party leaders are uncomfortable with the idea of backing an opposition motion, fueling speculation that the ANC will make an internal decision to remove Zuma in the same way that President Thabo Mbeki was ousted in 2008 during his second term. Ramaphosa also led South Africa's delegation to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last month, mixing with heads of state and trying to assure investors that the country is emerging from the turmoil that briefly sent it into recession a year ago.
It said that the prospect of a plea bargain is part of an exit package being secretly negotiated between Ramaphosa and Zuma. "They want us to rush through issues, but we must be allowed to manage a very complex situation carefully", Mantashe said.
Mantashe said Ramaphosa was dealing with a "complex situation", however, officials were agreed on the "end game".
On Friday, Madiba-Zuma posted a photo of herself and the president on Instagram, saying, in isiZulu, "It's going get rough, don't fight with someone who is not fighting you".
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Mr Zuma's son Edward quickly issued a statement attempting to distance the family from her comments, but the speed with which the post spread spoke to South Africans' desperation for some hint of who would be leading their country in a week's time.
This week in an unprecedented move, the State of the Nation Address was postponed to allow the ANC to finalise Zuma's fate.
Professor Susan Booysen, an analyst from Wits University, added that Ramaphosa's decision to hold a meeting with Zuma indicated Zuma could no longer rely on his supporters in the top six, Ace Magashule and Jessie Duarte.
She called him by his clan names before warning that "all hell is about to break loose" as his African National Congress party leadership successor Cyril Ramaphosa continues to map out a smooth transition for Zuma to leave office as soon as possible.