Zuma will deliver SONA, insists ANC SG

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Zuma will deliver SONA, insists ANC SG

Meanwhile‚ SowetanLIVE reported that ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and the other top five party leaders are to hold an urgent meeting with Zuma on Sunday to tell him to step down.

Zuma faces a no-confidence vote on February 22 after a request from the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters but Mashatile said he opposed that method of removing the president. While Zuma's second and final term is only due to end next year, his immersion in a succession of scandals has eroded support for the ANC and many with the party's ranks want him to go before he delivers the annual state-of-the-nation address on February 8. They also fear his continued stay could cost the party in the upcoming 2019 general elections.

In a fresh attempt to kick out President Jacob Zuma, 75, the embattled leader is gearing up for another no-confidence vote this month as splits within his own party threatens to undo him.

Mr Zuma has survived several no-confidence votes during his rule thanks to loyal voting by ANC MPs, but support for his leadership is on the wane. "The ANC top six have held them at president Zuma's guesthouse". Zuma has denied any wrongdoing.

Sources said this was to help avoid accusations of conflict of interest being levelled against Ramaphosa because he was expected to take over from Zuma as soon as Zuma stepped down.

Until Zuma was recalled from office, action against state capture would be limited, and talk about eradicating corruption would remain hollow, and somewhat meaningless, FutureSA said.

Another opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), had lobbied speaker Mbete to postpone the state of the nation address until Zuma had been removed from office.

Opposition leader Julius Malema, a former ANC member, said Mr Zuma had refused to resign at the meeting late on Sunday.

"For this to happen though, President Zuma must be prevented from delivering the SONA". This comes as a motion of no confidence hangs over Zuma's head.

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