Zuma is set to attend the African Peer Review Mechanism / New Partnership for Africa's Development sessions on January 27, in addition to the thirtieth Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the AU, which is scheduled to take place on January 28 and 29.
In the run-up to the NEC's first meeting yesterday, it was believed that the matter would be addressed in relation to the future of President Jacob Zuma as the head of state.
In a statement President Zuma said that "allegations that the state has been wrestled out of the hands of... the people of South Africa, are of paramount importance" and were "deserving of finality and certainty".
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The 75-year-old president has faced and denied numerous corruption allegations since taking office in 2009 and has survived several votes of no-confidence in parliament. Media is also speculating that Cyril Ramaphosa, who defeated Zuma's preferred candidate, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, will be trying to force Zuma out of the presidency to clear the way for reform of the party, which is suffering erosion of electoral support.
The rand weakened in midday trade yesterday to its worst in almost three weeks after the ANC said an early exit for President Jacob Zuma had not been discussed at a party meeting.
South Africa is not a parliamentary democracy, but a constitutional democracy.
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"The commission is a step towards ridding the country of corruption, and must do its work without delay", DA leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.
"Yet‚ despite all of Zuma's indiscretions‚ Ramaphosa has failed to recall him showing that the ANC will not self-correct and that we can only expect more of the same‚" Van Damme asserted.
In 2016 a damning report questioned Zuma's dealings with the Guptas, a wealthy family of Indian origin, who allegedly were granted influence over his cabinet appointments.
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