Zuma will deliver SONA, insists ANC SG

Randall Padilla
February 5, 2018

SowetanLIVE said it had been informed by sources that the officials would inform Zuma to resign or face Parliament where he would be impeached or face a motion of no confidence against him.

The ANC did not say what had been decided at the meeting between Mr Zuma and the party's "top six" leadership team at Mr Zuma's home in Pretoria, but it summoned its National Working Committee (NWC) to an urgent meeting on Monday afternoon (local time).

FutureSA on Sunday again urged the African National Congress to recall President Jacob Zuma before the State of the Nation Address (SONA), saying he embodies "misgovernance".

Zuma is not due to leave office until the 2019 elections.

The president has been beset by a series of corruption allegations but denies any wrongdoing.

Zuma has survived several no-confidence votes thanks to his ruling ANC party, which holds the majority in parliament.

The best possible way to avoid having two centres of power in the country would be for President Jacob Zuma to resign‚ says ANC secretary-general Paul Mashatile. "The ANC top six have held them at president Zuma's guesthouse".

Zuma agreed to establish the inquiry into "state capture", a South African term for government corruption, last month.

On Thursday, Mbete said she was aware of "processes going on, every day and every night" over Zuma's future but he was due to read the state of the nation speech next Thursday as he was still head of state. They also tried to have have a motion of no confidence in Zuma debated before the address.

Those privy to the discussion said they expected the meeting to be a hard one as Zuma has made it clear to his inner circle that he would not be resigning any time soon and he was even prepared to risk being ousted through a parliamentary impeachment process or a motion of no confidence, which would see him forfeiting retirement benefits such as, among others, a salary for life.

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