A key ally to the ruling ANC party in South Africa, the Communist Party has banned President Jacob Zuma from addressing its congress this week.
This will be the first time that Zuma has not addressed the congress since he came into power in 2009.
The South African Communist Party (SACP) has been critical of Zuma’s corruption filled leadership which has led to a drop in the public’s support of the ANC
It can be recalled that Zuma was forced to abandon a rally in May after he was jeered by the crowd.
The SACP said it did not want a repeat at this years event and decided to ban the President from making an appearance.
Party spokeswoman Hlengiwe Nkonyane said “We advised the ANC that due to the tensions we are having, it would be best for the president not to address the national congress.”
The party has also called on Zuma to step down following mounting allegations against him.
One of such allegations is over the wealthy Gupta business family, which is said to have undue influence over his government.
On August 8, Zuma will face a motion of no-confidence in parliament called by the opposition.