A special meeting of the African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) to discuss Jacob Zuma’s future in office has been postponed.
This was contained in a statement released by the ANC on Tuesday.
Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and Zuma are said to have convened a meeting on Tuesday evening.
Following their meeting, the NEC special meeting which was scheduled for February 7 has now been postponed until February 17 and 18.
The NEC meeting was scheduled after members of the governing party’s National Working Committee (NWC) met on Monday night.
Mail & Guardian reports that the NWC adopted a resolution that the state of the nation address (Sona) – initially scheduled for Thursday – should be postponed until Zuma resigns.
On Tuesday afternoon, Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete announced that Sona has been postponed for no longer than a week.
The ANC has confirmed that the NEC meeting has been postponed after Zuma and Ramaphosa had been engaged in a “constructive discussion” during their meeting.
On Tuesday evening, the South African Communist Party (SACP) released a statement alleging Zuma was preparing to sack Ramaphosa to make way for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to become acting president after he resigns.
The Presidency released a statement in response declaring the allegation “preposterous and outrageous”.