Zuma, who is battling corruption allegations, has been in a weakened position since he was replaced as leader of the ANC in December by Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president. The ANC's national working committee (NWC) reportedly agreed this week that Zuma should not be allowed to address the nation at the opening of Parliament.
Reports say Deputy President Ramaphosa is in pole position to win an election next year and many in the party want Zuma out so that Ramaphosa can embark on his anti-corruption agenda.
A beleaguered Zuma is this evening expected to meet with the top six officials of the ANC at his presidential home of Mahlamba Ndlopfu in Pretoria, where his future as the president of the country is expected to be discussed.
South Africa's Parliament will vote on a motion of no confidence in embattled President Jacob Zuma on February 22, the Parliamentary speaker said Friday, in an escalation of pressure on the leader to resign after a series of scandals.
An "urgent notice" sent to members of the NWC, a 26-member group that oversees the day-to-day operations of the party, scheduled the meeting for 2 p.m.in Johannesburg.
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Former Gauteng premier and former Cope leader Mbhazima Shilow tweeted that this would be the second time in Zuma's career that he had refused to resign.
He could also be recalled by the ANC, forcing him to step down.
He added that the best way to achieve this would be to go to Zuma and say "look we're not booting you out but we think we can work better this way".
A "Hands Off Zuma" campaign, convened by the Black First Land First movement, plans to protest outside Luthuli House on Monday against Zuma's removal, according to Eyewitness News (EWN). The expert in parliamentary issues indicated the head of the legislative organ has no power to postpone the speech of President Zuma before the joint session of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces announced for February 8.