South African President Jacob Zuma will not give the state of the nation address in parliament this week because of concerns that lawmakers would disrupt the speech, officials said Tuesday, reflecting the weakened state of a leader under intense pressure to resign because of scandals.
President Zuma faces another motion of no-confidence on February 22. Zuma also faces the possibility of the reinstatement of the decade-old corruption and racketeering charges by the end of the month.
Speaking at an ANC Youth League event in KwaZulu-Natal last Sunday, Magashule told supporters to "stay focused". "I am not going anywhere". "Like them he is a deployee of the party", the source said.
The ANC's national executive committee (NEC) is expected to meet on Wednesday‚ possibly to discuss a stratagem following Zuma's recent refusal to resign.
"It is useless to want to have a debate after SONA".
The state of the nation address is an important political event in the country's calendar as it sets out the government's policy and service delivery priorities for the financial year.
"We want to ensure that there is stability in the country and stability in the ANC. They say he must go, so why should he speak?" he asked. Two senior party officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said the party's top decision-making body would decide at its meeting in Cape Town whether to force Zuma from office. "He is leaving, and that is inevitable".
Opposition leader Julius Malema, a former ANC member, said Zuma had refused to resign at the meeting late on Sunday.
Ramaphosa, who is in a strong position to become the next president of South Africa, has been lobbying for Zuma's removal.
In 2014 a constitutionally mandated independent corruption watchdog accused Zuma of spending millions of pounds of taxpayer's money to turn his house in his home village of Nkandla into a display of "opulence on a grand scale".
The group of men, who had filled the vehicle, were seen running away in different directions, some even leaving their shoes behind.
Pictures and videos have surfaced showing ANC members attacking Black First Land First (BLF) members - including women.
The one behind the #HandsOffZuma campaign had gathered outside Luthuli House to hand over a memorandum to the party's leadership, warning it against ousting the embattled leader.
The revelations about state capture at the Eskom inquiry in Parliament, the Hawks' and National Prosecuting Authorities' investigations into the Vrede dairy farm along with the Asset Forfeiture Unit's actions have apparently convinced some Zuma supporters that the game is up.