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South Africa: ANC 'decides Zuma must go'

14 February 2018, 07:23 | Damon Campbell

South Africa: ANC 'decides Zuma must go'

South Africa: ANC 'decides Zuma must go'

The decision by the African National Congress's (ANC) national executive followed 13 hours of tense deliberations and one face-to-face meeting between Zuma and his presumed successor, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

Leaders of South Africa's ruling ANC party are struggling to remove President Zuma from office amid reports he asked for concessions in exchange for his resignation.

After being the subject of several "no-confidence" votes in recent years, Zuma has as resisted pressure to resign and has remained as president after repeated corruption allegations.

They called on the speaker of parliament, Baleka Mbete, to debate the Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) motion of no confidence in Mr Zuma this week rather than on February 22nd, when it is scheduled.

Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance party called the recall an "internal ANC resolution, nothing more".

"It is obvious we want Comrade Ramaphosa to come in as the President of South Africa", he added.

He said parliament, where the ANC has a large majority, would then "proceed to elect (Cyril) Ramaphosa as president of the republic" - perhaps as early as Thursday or Friday.

Zuma said he would make another statement later Wednesday, raising the possibility that he might change his position and resign voluntarily rather than face the humiliation of his ouster by the combined votes of the ruling and opposition parties.

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ANC has the authority to order Zuma to depart his role, but local media is reporting Zuma may refuse to do so.

South Africa is set to hold a presidential election next year.

However a "defiant" Zuma demanded a three-month "notice period" before resigning, an ANC official told the Guardian. Zuma's government defended the renovations - which included installing a new pool, apparently for fire safety reasons. By the end‚ it was decided that Zuma be recalled - a party decision that has no legal standing.

Zuma, 75, took office in 2009 and is in his second five-year term.

A judicial commission is about to start a probe of alleged looting of state enterprises by Zuma's associates, and prosecutors are expected to announce soon whether they will reinstate corruption charges tied to an arms deal two decades ago.

In 2016, South Africa's highest court ruled that Zuma violated his oath of office when he used an estimated $15 million of government money to upgrade his private home.

Signs of law enforcement mobilizing against the Guptas, and by association Zuma, caused the rand to strengthen 0.5 per cent against the dollar.



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