President Jacob Zuma. File picture: Karen Sandison/ANA

The ANC said on Tuesday it had delayed its announcement on President Jacob Zuma's fate, because it needed more time to inform its structures of the decision taken by the national executive committee (NEC).

Earlier the ANC said in a terse statement it will pronounce on  Zuma's fate at noon on Tuesday.

All indications are that the ruling party's top brass has decided to force Zuma out after a marathon 13-hour closed meeting.

Media reports say the NEC - the ANC's highest decision-making body between conferences - resolved to recall Zuma after he refused to resign. 

The scandal-ridden president had reportedly offered to resign, but only in July - something the ANC flatly refused to entertain.

Zuma has since told the ANC to "do what it wants to do".

It was reported the NEC is drafting a letter requesting that President Jacob Zuma resign immediately, a source said on Tuesday.

It was earlier reported that ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule and his deputy, Jesse Duarte, had on Tuesday morning again visited Zuma to brief him about the NEC's decision to ask him to resign within 48 hours. 

But the letter will reportedly give him only a few hours to respond, with the ANC to brief the media at 2pm on Tuesday.

African News Agency (ANA)