Pressure mounts on Zuma: State of Nation speech postponed

Jacob Zuma is facing intense pressure to step down as his State of the Nation speech which as per the tradition marks the opening of the Parliament and sets tone for the entire year stands postponed. The ruling African National Congress has elected a new party leader Cyril Ramaphosa and has asked for the address to be postponed till Zuma steps down.

Zuma has been mired in a series of corruption allegations which has led to the chorus of voices from all corners asking him to quit ahead of national elections in 2019. There is concrete and abundant evidence against President Zuma who engaged in systematic looting of the nation and thus abused the trust of the nation.

African National Congress is thus in a great state of turmoil and will soon hold its National Executive Council will hold a meeting to discuss the current state of affairs. NEC can ask the President to step down but does not have any constitutional mandate to force him to do so. President Zuma faces 783 counts of corruption, has been able to stay in office despite several no-confidence votes primarily due to the backing of ANC in Parliament. Along with ANC, the opposition and ordinary civilians have also lost complete faith in Zuma.

Cyril Ramaphosa the new leader of ANC defeated Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to become the new head of ANC. Ramaphosa belongs to Johannesburg city became an activist in 1980 as a member of the National Union for Mineworkers and remained its general secretary for 9 years.  He was elected as the general secretary of ANC in 1991. It was in 1994 that he became an MP. Ramaphosa was seen as a potential deputy of Nelson Mandela and had participated in Black Economic Empowerment ventures in business. He later became the deputy President of South Africa in 2014.

 

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