Rand slides as Zuma resignation talk is dismissed

President Uhuru Kenyatta with his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma at the State Pavilion at the JKIA in Nairobi before the latter's return to his county

Zuma's surprise announcement on Tuesday, that he would establish a commission of inquiry into state capture, was understood to be a preemptive strike at those who wanted to use his lack of movement on the subject as grounds for his removal on Wednesday.

The South African Presidency said South Africa and Kenya enjoy very warm bilateral relations underpinned by strong historical and political bonds.

Corruption allegations have tarnished Zuma's image as well as eroded his support base and he was ordered last month to appoint a judicial inquiry into the alleged graft within 30 days.

The failure by the ANC NEC and ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa to recall Jacob Zuma on Wednesday only proves that the ANC is incapable of change‚ the Democratic Alliance says.

"We, therefore, call for unnecessary divisive pressure with regards to the future of President Jacob Zuma as president of the Republic of South Africa to be avoided", Maphatsoe said.

Zuma said the commission would be headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Mnyamezeli Mlungisi Zondo.

South Africa is not a parliamentary democracy, but a constitutional democracy.

Mr Zuma has been accused of conspiring with a wealthy business family, the Guptas, to control lucrative state contracts.

"It is quite clear that Ramaphosa is not equal to the task of getting rid Zuma as the majority of the ANC is still made up of corrupt and selfish leaders who put filling their own pockets before the needs of the people‚" Van Damme said. ANC policy is that the party leader should also be the country's president so as not to divide authority between president of the country and the president of the party.

Transform RSA was demanding "an unequivocal and unconditional undertaking" by the party and its NEC, allies and partners that there would be no intention to discuss or decide on removing Zuma from office.

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