South Africa's Jacob Zuma's state of the nation speech postponed

S. African president faces top ruling party officials

Parliament postponed the annual State of the Nation address Tuesday afternoon, just 48 hours before Zuma was scheduled to appear at the National Assembly in Cape Town on Thursday evening to address the nation.

As Fr Russell Pollitt, Director of the Jesuit Institute South Africa told Linda Bordoni, Zuma has repeatedly resisted calls to quit over corruption allegations. In a surprise turn on February 6, the important address has been postponed indefinitely-or at least until South Africans are certain about who is at the helm-signaling the nearing end of a chaotic administration.

"The ANC is in a panic, and they are looking for options", Steven Friedman, director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Johannesburg, told Al Jazeera.

Ramaphosa said their discussions were constructive and laid the basis for a speedy resolution to the leadership question in South Africa. "We will be able to communicate further on President Zuma's position as president of the republic once we have finalised all pertinent matters".

The president's office confirmed that Zuma had requested a delay "due to certain developments" that would thwart a successful parliament session. He must go, sooner rather than later.

The disputed announcements Tuesday illustrate the uncertainty in South Africa, where the president faces pressure to resign over alleged corruption.

The governing party's efforts to remove beleaguered Zuma failed last night during a meeting at the presidential residence in Pretoria.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured South Africans that the anxiety around President Jacob Zuma's position will be resolved while Mbete says she's hoping for certainty, in general, in the next few hours. He is now holding on to the office as the last months have been volatile for him.




"It's never been assumed he would go easily", said Chris Vandome, a research analyst for Africa with Chatham House, a London-based think tank.

Malema said the opposition party had not asked for a postponement of SONA, instead it had asked for a motion of no confidence to take place before the address. Zuma is also included in an arms deal scandal along with two former French presidents.

Mr Zuma is facing multiple charges of corruption.

Unlike in August when Mr Zuma survived a no-confidence vote, a significant portion of the ANC now wants him gone.

Zuma still retains the support of a faction within the ANC, but has seen several prominent party allies desert him recently.

"There is a real sense, he concluded, the bishops were saying to Zuma: 'do not hold on; you are making things worse, could you step down now?'"

"The inability of [the] NEC to have a decision has already had an impact on members on the ground, creating confusion, indecision and is creating what we saw (violence) on the streets of Johannesburg yesterday (Monday), which we don't accept".

"Until he [Zuma] is recalled from office, action against state capture will be limited, and talk about eradicating corruption will remain hollow, and somewhat meaningless", the letter read.

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