JOHANNESBURG – The special ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting that was planned for Wednesday has been cancelled.
The NEC was expected to meet to finally decide on President Zuma’s future prior to the State of Nation Address (SONA), which has been postponed.
NEC’s secretary general Ace Magashule, confirmed that following “constructive discussions” between President Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the NEC special meeting had been cancelled.
“I can confirm that there was a meeting between the two presidents. I was part of the meeting. The two presidents agreed. President Ramaphosa, because of the constructive meeting between himself and Zuma, has requested us to postpone the NEC.
"There has been constructive discussions between the presidents. They also discussed SONA. They agreed that we postpone SONA as well as the NEC in order to allow them a further chance to talk...
“We allowed the two presidents to engage and then I came at the end of the meeting when they were wrapping up. Let’s leave the discussion where it is, between the two presidents.
"We will hear from both the presidents once they’ve concluded the issue. The NEC will meet at the weekend. The two of them will continue discussing after this fruitful and constructive discussion,” said Magashule.
The postponed ANC NEC meeting is expected to be rescheduled for February 18.
The ANCs refusal to give details about President Jacob Zuma's future has led to widespread speculation.
eNCA Senior Researcher Angelo Fick said, "If that announcement went through and everything else happened as schedule, none of us would have any questions. But the fact that the plans keep changing and changing at such short notice in a country that is supposed to run as a bureaucracy is concerning.”
“This is not about the outcome of the process. If the outcome of the process is that if President Jacob Zuma remains in office and that is the recommendation of the party, that needs to be the recommendation of the party sooner rather than later.”