South Africa’s governing party, the ANC, has postponed a top-level meeting that was expected to decide on President Jacob Zuma’s future.
Instead the ANC released a statement saying it had held “fruitful and constructive discussions” with him.
Mr Zuma is under growing pressure from members of own party to resign amid corruption allegations.
Earlier on Tuesday, parliament took the extraordinary step of postponing Thursday’s state of the nation address.
South Africa’s Times Live website quoted unnamed sources as saying Mr Zuma was prepared to quit, if the right terms can be negotiated.