South Africans woke up to more confusion on Wednesday morning regarding the fate of beleaguered SA President Jacob Zuma after the African National Congress (ANC) unexpectedly cancelled a meeting that was supposed to provide clarity on the matter.
Late Tuesday the ruling ANC said it had postponed Wednesday’s meeting of its powerful National Executive Committee (NEC), which was expected to force Zuma to resign. The NEC meeting will now be held on 17 and 18 February.
The announcement, on the back of the unprecedented cancellation of the state of the nation address, has sparked rumours on social media and radio stations about Zuma’s imminent resignation. There has been no official comment from the ANC what happens between now and the next meeting.
For now Zuma, whose term ends next year, remains president.
If he fails to resign the beleaguered former leader of the ANC faces a no-confidence motion in Parliament scheduled for 22 February, he is the subject of a state capture commission of inquiry, he also is in danger of impeachment and decade-old corruption charges could soon be reinstated.
In the expected event that Zuma eventually resigns he gets to keep his generous benefits.
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