JOHANNESBURG - ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile said the top six want President Zuma to step down to allow new leadership to take the reins.
But Mashatile confirmed that the president refused to resign when they met with him on Sunday, even though they spent a lot of time trying to persuade him.
"President Zuma basically said to us, 'I'm not going anywhere. I’m not doing that. You can report back to you National Working Committee and the NEC that I said I am not resigning.'"
He was speaking at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Wednesday.
Mashatile said the top six told Zuma: "We don't want two centres of power, we want president Ramaphosa to take control not only of the ANC but the affairs of the state."
"We were very clear about it.
"The six of us were there. We came very late from Limpopo where we were to meet with him and have dinner with him.
"Our view as the leadership of the ANC is that the sooner the president of the republic steps down for the new leadership to take over the better. Then we have certainty of policies, of direction, there will be no confusion."