The ANC parliamentary caucus on Wednesday agreed to table a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma on Thursday, South African publication Times Live is reporting.
According to party insiders‚ National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete would schedule the Economic Freedom Fighters’ motion of no confidence for Thursday afternoon. The motion would then be amended by the ANC from the floor.
ANC sources said the deputy minister of communications, Tandi Mahambehlala, tried to start a debate on the matter‚ but she was shouted down by the majority of MPs.
The caucus met amid heightened political tensions within the governing party‚ which has failed to convince Zuma to leave office voluntarily.
The caucus was addressed by ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile on the day three people linked to the Hawks’ state capture investigation were arrested.
The elite squad earlier on Wednesday pounced on properties belonging to the Guptas‚ who have been fingered along with Zuma in allegations of state capture.
The caucus was initially meant to meet at 10am but that was pushed to 11am after expectations that Zuma would address the nation at the former time.
However‚ the Presidency later issued a statement suggesting Zuma was not yet ready to make a public announcement. There had been growing speculation that Zuma might step down after an ANC ultimatum.