The power struggle over Jacob Zuma's departure put the president at loggerheads with Cyril Ramaphosa, his expected successor, who is the head of the ruling African National Congress party.
This is the first move against the Gupta family that is accused of corrupt dealings with President Zuma, including allegations it profited from lucrative government contracts.
Despite massive speculation, the ruling African National Congress' 80-member National Executive Committee "only" discussed new party leader Cyril Ramaphosa's upcoming statement on the ANC's 106th anniversary.
There is widespread speculation that Ramaphosa and his allies are lobbying ANC members to oust Zuma as head of state within weeks.
A parliamentary subcommittee will meet this week to discuss a draft procedure on the section of the constitution relating to the removal of President Jacob Zuma after which the draft will then be debated in the house.
The victory puts Ramaphosa in line to succeed President Jacob Zuma, whose reign has been plagued by corruption scandals and economic slowdown.
The vote is a pivotal moment in the ANC's history since South Africa ended apartheid and introduced black-majority rule under Nelson Mandela's leadership 23 years ago.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and former cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma are the two candidates for the party's presidency with Ramaphosa drawing the majority of nominations.
The ANC will announce current president Jacob Zuma's successor as party leader on Sunday, concluding a bruising leadership battle that threatens to split the 105-year-old liberation movement which has been in power since 1994.
It also ordered President Jacob Zuma to pay the costs of his latest court challenge against the inquiry into influence peddling. Judge President Mlambo said Zuma's conduct "amounts to clear abuse of the judicial process".
ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu says the ruling party should 'learn' from Zimbabwe and ask President Jacob Zuma to stand down.
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