The African National Congress meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) ended late Monday after hours of deliberating the fate of beleaguered South Africa President Jacob Zuma.

Media speculation that the ANC would show Zuma the door on Monday proved to be just that. Although the ANC is yet to comment on the meeting, insiders said the ruling party's NWC had decided to take the matter back to the National Executive Committee, which has decision-making powers. 

The meeting has been set for Wednesday in Cape Town, a day before the State of the Nation Address.

On Sunday, reports suggested that the ANC top brass failed to persuade Zuma to resign, which led to the NWC meeting, which has now elevated the matter to the NEC. 

Earlier Zuma met the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini in KwaZulu-Natal, in what his office said was a long-scheduled meeting. 

Zuma's term ends next year, but pressure has been mounting for him to quit amid threats of impeachment, a no-confidence vote and possible reinstatement of hundreds of decade-old charges of corruption and racketeering.

- African News Agency (ANA)