Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom tabled a motion for President Jacob Zuma to step down at a national executive committee meeting this weekend.
According to a report by the City Press, the meeting was adjourned with the vote discussion deferred to today.
The City Press stated that ANC members want a secret ballot to vote on whether Zuma should stay or go, as this would remove the possibility of a backlash against individuals in the party.
The voting was reportedly deferred as multiple NEC members were absent.
The report states that Zuma and his backers were blindsided by the call for a vote against the president, but launched a fightback to try and kill the motion.
“The secret ballot is not a done deal. We won’t let it go down without a fight,” said an NEC member.
The report further stated that ministers who do not support Zuma in the vote may be removed by a cabinet reshuffle.
“Those calling for the exit to be immediate believe that a logical step is for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to be caretaker president of the ANC,” stated the report.