As ruling party could not force President Zuma from office, it had to agree to delay the opening of parliament
There has been pressure on Mr Zuma over corruption scandals, and ever since the ANC elected Cyril Ramaphosa as its new leader.
Delaying the Opening of parliament, an event that usually culminates in the president’s state of the nation speech, will strip Mr Zuma of the chance to paint a veneer of normality. It would have been an opportunity for him to talk up his achievements in office and play down suggestions of corruption and mismanagement.
The delay also buys the ANC a few more days to force him from office and bring in Mr Ramaphosa in his place. However, the cost to the party promises to be high. Already, its reputation has been soiled by corruption and cronyism scandals during Mr Zuma’s nine years as head.
The opposition Democratic Alliance, which brought the motion to delay, is threatening to start impeachment proceedings against Mr Zuma that would also take away his pension if the ANC could not get rid of him within a week.