The ANC's national executive committee has given President Jacob Zuma 48 hours to resign, failing which he will be forced out.

The NEC held a marathon eight-hour meeting to seal Zuma’s fate. ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa had indicated yesterday’s meeting would decide on whether Zuma goes or stays as president of the country.

Indications from top officials had been that Zuma was on his way out, after he had set unacceptable conditions for leaving, rejected by the top six office-bearers.  It was earlier reported Zuma had wanted, among other things, three more months to wrap up matters.

Earlier the SABC reported Zuma had agreed to resign as head of state, citing sources, but the embattled leader’s spokesperson quickly dismissed this as “fake news”.