The early removal of President Jacob Zuma as leader of the country is a likely scenario, independent of which ANC candidate wins in December.
This is according to a Sunday Times report, which said supporters of presidential candidate Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma are discussing the “swift removal of Zuma should she be elected ANC president”.
Backers of another presidential hopeful, Cyril Ramaphosa, have previously said Zuma would be recalled should he win the ANC race.
The removal of Zuma is seen as an important step to ensure that the ANC does not lose significant support in the 2019 general elections.
Earlier this month, Zuma survived a motion of no confidence vote in his presidency, held by secret ballot in Parliament.
Following a two-hour debate and lengthy voting process, 198 MPs voted against the DA’s bid to remove Zuma, while 177 voted for it.
Around 30 ANC MPs voted for Zuma to be removed.