South Africa: Zuma To Face Party Top Guns

South Africa: Zuma To Face Party Top Guns

Zuma agreed to meet the top six before the end of the weekend... not at Luthuli House...

"There should be a change of guard".

The ANC's National Chairperson Gwede Mantashe has told a congregation at a church in Katlehong that the party will discuss what is best for the country with President Jacob Zuma on Sunday evening.

Mashatile gave the strongest indication yet that the leadership is under pressure, following the National Working Committee [NWC] meeting earlier this week.

Opposition parties want Mr Zuma to resign before his state of the nation address to parliament, which is scheduled for Thursday.

"The majority of parliament is going to say that Jacob Zuma will not be the president of South Africa because the biggest sentiment, even in the ANC, is saying that Jacob Zuma can not continue as president", EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu told eNCA television.

He added that the best way to handle it was to engage with Zuma in order to show him they were not "booting him out".

But will it be given by President Jacob Zuma, still formally the head of state, or Cyril Ramaphosa, the newly elected leader of the ANC?

These opposition maneuvers, whose desire is to put Zuma out of the presidential chair as soon as possible, occur amid charges of alleged corruption against the head of State that come back to public light after the National Prosecution annulled a ruling of the High Court of Justice which had rejected those charges.

Mr Malema was one of the first to disclose that Mr Ramaphosa had won the race to succeed Mr Zuma as ANC leader in December.

The speaker of parliament said on Friday that Mr Zuma would face a fresh no-confidence motion on February 22. However, Zuma still has support within the top 6 with Secretary General Ace Magashule and his deputy Jessie Duarte defending his continued stay at Union Buildings.

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