President Jacob Zuma and the ANC’s Top Six leaders are due to meet on Sunday, reportedly to discuss the president’s future.
Zuma has faced calls from within the party to step down since Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa succeeded him as leader of the ANC in December.
The immediate issue is to decide whether Zuma, as head of state, will deliver the State of the Nation Address on Thursday.
Chairperson of the NCOP, Thandi Modise, left the question open when she said that quote “whoever is President at the time” would deliver the SONA.
Political analyst, Somadoda Fikeni, says the meeting will be a test of unity within the ANC.
Fikeni says ANC unity is being put to the greatest test.
He says: “Others thought that it was unity based on principles which among those was to fight corruption but others thought that it was unity to make sure that no leader is embarrassed, even if they are involved in corruption.”