1. To be heard.
Apparently, Zuma has said he will step down if asked, but only if the ANC comrades will still listen to him. He believes he still enjoys constitutional power and presidential prerogative, and will expect the ANC to respect that.
2. A dignified farewell.
As commander-in-chief, Zuma wants to bid a formal farewell to the armed forces. He also wants to take dignified leave of the international stage. He had hopes of still being president when the BRICS summit of Brazil, Russia, India, and China gathers in South Africa in July. South Africa’s role in BRICS is seen as significant part of Zuma’s presidency but it is unlikely that he will still be in office by then.
3. Present the State of the Nation Address.
Likely to be his last opportunity to address the majority of the country, Zuma is hopeful of being allowed to deliver the SONA, despite public opposition to his involvement.
4. Legal fees.
Courts have been ordering delinquent politicians to pay their own bills, and this concerns Zuma who faces a great deal of legal battles as soon as he leaves office, if not before. He will want a guarantee that his legal fees will be covered.
5. Setting a precedent.
Axing Zuma before the 2019 elections may set a bad precedent, given that Thabo Mbeki was also ousted before he could complete his second term in office. Zuma will likely try to use this as a motivation for the ANC to keep him in office until 2019.