Will Zuma de­liver Sona address?

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Politics - BONOLO SELE­BANO bono­los@the­newage.co.za

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.

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