Zuma's Office Denies Claim He Plans to Fire Ramaphosa as Deputy

South Afrcian President Jacob Zuma seen on the second day of the G20 economic summit in Hamburg Germany last year

South Afrcian President Jacob Zuma seen on the second day of the G20 economic summit in Hamburg Germany last year

Zuma, in power since 2009, is fighting for survival.

The divisions Zuma's leadership has exposed within the ANC were evident outside the party's headquarters in Johannesburg on Monday (Tuesday NZT), where the president's supporters and opponents staged rival protests amid a strong police presence.

Then on Monday, Zuma was summoned to meet with the Zulu king as the ANC met to discuss Zuma's future in Johannesburg. She said a new date would be fixed very soon.

It would need to call a meeting of the National Executive Committee to force Mr Zuma to quit. "I can't say it before I go to the NEC".

However, the Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, yesterday said his party had warned the ANC about Zuma.

"It was discussed at a great deal of length". It was unlikely that this year's SONA would be uneventful, she said.

But Jacob Zuma, whose tenure has been engulfed by corruption scandals, may face a fresh move to replace him tomorrow.

The speech won't be postponed for more than a week, National Council of Provinces Chairwoman Thandi Modise said.

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He spoke to News24 on Tuesday evening after ANC's announcement that the much-anticipated national executive committee (NEC) meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, had been postponed.

The ANC was the main anti-apartheid movement for decades and has led South Africa since the end of white minority rule in 1994, but its moral stature has diminished because of concerns about Zuma and wider problems of corruption and mismanagement.

Independent political analyst Ralph Mathekga told AFP that Zuma's departure had been mishandled by the ANC. Ramaphosa will be the ANC's presumptive presidential candidate when the nation votes next year.

Many graft allegations against him have centred on the wealthy Gupta family, who are accused of unfairly obtaining lucrative government contracts and even being able to choose ministerial appointments.

Bongani Ngqulunga said a full cabinet meeting was scheduled for February 14, dismissing speculation in domestic media the embattled president had called a meeting to discuss his future with his cabinet colleagues. "It remains in doubt whether he will deliver the state-of-the-nation address".

Opposition lawmakers have shouted him down or been ejected from the chamber by security guards in a melee of flying fists. Maimane said the party also rejects any amnesty agreements or special deals for Jacob Zuma in terms of the charges that are levelled against him. "Ramaphosa will look weak if he can't get Zuma out now".

Pollitt said the bishops urged the people to pray for peace and justice and they kept saying "they hope the ruling party can find a quick solution to the transition of power for the sake of our people who suffer with poverty and unemployment".

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