President Jacob Zuma and his allies in the ANC are fighting tooth and nail to keep him in power.
By late last night, members of the National Executive Committee were still locked in talks at the St George’s Hotel in Pretoria as ANC leaders discussed whether to vote on a motion to remove Zuma.
The motion was first tabled by Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom on Saturday and later supported by Minister for Health Aaron Motsweledi and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi.
The President’s staunch backers such as the provincial premiers of Mpumalanga, Free State and the North West, were leading the charge against his detractors.
They called on the ministers to resign from their executive posts seeing that they had no confidence in Zuma’s leadership.
The 86 members of the NEC were each afforded an opportunity to speak and state whether the ANC president should step down or not.
Zuma’s detractors believe that the continent’s oldest liberation movement would lose more power in the 2019 general elections should he remain at the helm.
The party lost control of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay metros to the Democratic Alliance (DA) after the fiercely contested August local government elections.
Zuma’s second term as ANC president ends next year after the party’s elective conference, where his successor would be elected.
Meanwhile, Zuma carried on with presidential duties as his future was being decided.
Yesterday, he left the meeting to greet Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in Pretoria for bilateral talks.
Meanwhile, there were also talks of a planned cabinet reshuffle, but the Presidency has been keeping mum on these rumours.