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ANC leaders to meet on Wednesday

ANC leaders to meet on Wednesday”

In an unprecedented move - and a sign of the superheated political times around the future of President Jacob Zuma -Thursday's State of the Nation Address (SONA) has been postponed.

Zuma, who's survived numerous efforts to remove him from office, faces the first no-confidence motion - brought by the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters - in parliament on February 22 without being head of his party.

In order for the party to force Zuma to resign as state president, the NWC would have to call a meeting of the National Executive Committee, its top decision-making body, to vote on Zuma's exit.

Twenty of the African National Congress' (ANC) leaders discussed Mr Zuma's tenure, a day after he reportedly refused to step down.

The last few days have inspired more questions, rather than answers, as to the fate of the president as the ANC's own fractured opinions have permeated the public sphere placing fears of civil-war and completed presidential terms in the mind of the average citizen.

Zuma still commands a loyalist faction, including in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal, and two of the six ANC leaders who met him on Sunday have publicly backed him.

"A vote of no-confidence is not desirable, under any circumstances", ANC Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte told a news conference that senior party officials said.

"President Zuma has abused the trust of South Africans".

The special national executive committee (NEC) meeting will now take place on 17 and 18 February. She said a new date is to be announced soon. President Zuma's conduct is reckless and unacceptable.

"I think we're seeing the end game of the Zuma presidency.the last days of Mr Zuma's tenure in Parliament.I'm happy that this great institution [Parliament] has been spared the the bad indignity of what a farce a Zuma SONA would have been", Steenhuisen said.

Zuma faces hundreds of criminal charges, including corruption, racketeering and fraud linked to a 1999 multibillion-dollar government arms deal.

The President has requested the postponement due to certain developments which make it not conducive to successfully hold the sitting and deliver the SONA.

The president has been enmeshed in a series of scandals but denies wrongdoing.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation, which promotes the legacy of South Africa's anti-apartheid icon, has added its voice to those calling for Zuma to quit.

The leader of the Democratic Alliance Mmusi Maimane said that the official opposition party welcomes the postponement decision. "However, this can only happen once Zuma is removed as president of South Africa".



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