Will Zuma deliver Sona address?
SPECULATION is rife over whether President Jacob Zuma will deliver next week’s state of the nation address (Sona) in Parliament.
Following a meeting of the ANC national working committee (NWC) on Monday, The New Age understands that top ANC officials convened yesterday at Zuma’s Mahlamba Ndlopfu presidential residence in Pretoria.
Sources said yesterday there were discussions but the extent to which they concentrated on Zuma being given the chop before his scheduled address remained murky.
“There were discussions but we don’t know if they can be interpreted as an exodus discussion or just discussions on a seamless transition,” sources said.
This follows speculation this week over the ANC’s NWC having resolved to task the top six to urge Zuma to step down as head of state.
Fresh attempts were made in the NWC meeting to pressure Zuma to leave office before the state of the nation address. A proposal was reportedly heard for an extended national executive committee to be convened this weekend where a formal motion of no confidence would be tabled.
When approached for comment on Zuma’s political future, ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe referred questions to secretary-general Ace Magahsule, but he wasn’t available for comment.