The so-called state-of-the-nation speech that would take place on Thursday has been delayed by at least a week.
Heads of State ,Jacob Zuma refused to resign after the top ANC members requested him to do so on Sunday.
It appears that the Zulu king also called on Zuma to step down for the sake of the ANC party.
The national executive committee of the ANC would have gathered to reflect on how to get rid of the most corrupt politician in the country’s history, but that meeting has been postponed for the time being as well.
In the meantime, the EFF has threatened that no state-of-the-nation speech will take place if Zuma would deliver it, and according to the speaker of parliament, it was decided to postpone the state of affairs rather than allow the proceedings to be disrupted by the EFF.
Meanwhile, the Nelson Mandela Foundation said that Zuma had misused South Africans’ trust and that he should go, sooner than later.
In his response, Dr. Pieter Groenewald, leader of FF Plus, said that although the FF Plus did not object to Thursday’s state-of-the-nation speech, it is a major problem that the postponing is announced only one day before the state order.
He says the postponement creates the impression that the statements of opposition leaders who demanded are now being misused by the ANC as a smoke screen to disguise its own inability and incapacity to solve internal problems.
“Logistical arrangements for the state speech are already far advanced. Guests from all over the world would attend. Hotel reservations have been made and airline tickets are bought. Cancellation and change will cause major unnecessary costs for those involved.
“The postponement of the state speech also makes no doubt that there is a feeling within the ANC that Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa must deliver the state order and not press. Jacob Zuma not. The delay is therefore a victory for the Ramaphosa faction in the ANC.
“It is clear that the ANC is struggling to push from pressure. Zuma gets rid of and the argument that the ANC can not have two centers of power is a bad argument. Then pres. Zuma in 2007 elected as president. of the ANC, Kgalema Motlanthe became president after pres. Thabo Mbei has been revoked.
“The two power centers in the ANC were in place until pres. Zuma became president in 2009. It is therefore clear that the argument is merely aimed at preserving. Zuma get rid of, “said Dr. Groenewald.
The original article can be found in Afrikaans on Die Vryburger.