South Africa’s parliament Speaker, Baleka Mbete said on Tuesday that the President’s state of the nation address would be postponed.
President Jacob Zuma was to present his address on Thursday.
Zuma has faced growing pressure to step down as Head of State since he was replaced as leader of the ruling African National Congress, ANC in December.
Mbete said she met with Zuma, who was already writing to parliament to ask for the postponement of his address.
The opposition parties had demanded that the speech be postponed until Zuma was removed from the leadership.
Zuma, whose Presidency has been marred by graft scandals and economic decline, has been in a weakened position since he was replaced as leader of the ANC by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in December.
The ANC has called a special meeting of its decision-making National Executive Committee for Wednesday in Cape Town, at which analysts have said some members of the party could call for Zuma to resign.