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While South Africa awaits news on whether President Jacob Zuma soon will resign, a senior leader of the ruling African National Congress says the party must reverse a decline in popularity that has gone on for more than a decade.

The ANC called off a special meeting of its executive body on Zuma scheduled for last Wednesday after the president and Ramaphosa agreed to hold talks on a handover of power.

Responding to comments on her photo posting from seemingly unhappy South Africans, Madiba-Zuma reiterated her warning about rough times ahead in the defence of her scandal-hit husband. The meeting begins around 4:00 p.m. Magashule eventually leaves, and Zuma and Ramaphosa meet alone.

He said they would not leave the Union Buildings until Zuma was no longer president.

The rand, which has tended to strengthen on signs that Zuma could step down before his second term as president ends next year, rose yesterday as investors increased bets that Ramaphosa would be able to unseat the embattled president.

The ANC's top six officials are due to meet with Zuma this weekend, Johannesburg-based broadcaster eNCA reported Friday.

On Friday, Ramaphosa halted public events in a move that seems to mean he is increasing efforts to force Zuma out. A court ruled past year that the decision to drop the case - on the eve of Mr Zuma's election as South African president in 2009 - was "irrational" and the charges should be reinstated. Pressure has been mounting on him to quit since Ramaphosa took over the ANC leadership.

Mr Zuma's race for the presidency was in its last stretch when prosecutors dropped the charges against him over the arms deal.

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The Koreas previously held summits in 2000 and 2007, both hosted in Pyongyang by Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un's late father. He also called for the need of a quick resumption of dialogue between North Korea and the United States.

Currently Deputy President of South Africa, he is widely seen as the likely successor to Zuma after corruption allegations knock the incumbent out of office.

Under Zuma, the ANC suffered its worst electoral setback since coming to power under Mandela in 1994, winning less than 54% of the vote in municipal elections in 2016.

The Guptas and Zuma have denied any wrongdoing.

First of all, a Pretoria court ordered Mr Zuma to set up a judicial inquiry into corruption claims against him and his associates, which he eventually did in January. If Zuma did resign, Cyril Ramaphosa would deliver the address as acting president.

Instead, Zuma was told his struggle credentials would count in his favour - but he would still have to be tried.

An NEC member who is also an MP said most members in the structure were prepared to back Zuma's removal.

"The tide has turned and we are seeing the captured state house of cards come crashing down. The days of Jacob Zuma are over".

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