Jacob Zuma to face no-confidence vote as ANC turns against him

Jacob Zuma to face no-confidence vote as ANC turns against him

On Tuesday, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) ordered Zuma to step down as president of the country, giving him no firm deadline but saying the party was sure he would comply and "respond" on Wednesday.

It called the motion brought by another opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), to be brought forward from 22 February so parliament can "remove Jacob Zuma".

"We know you want this matter to be finalised", Ramaphosa, 65, told a party rally in Cape Town on Sunday.

"President Zuma has not been found guilty at any court of law", said Magashule, calling for his former ally to be respected and claiming that Zuma had not made any demands in the transition talks such as immunity from prosecution or that the state pays his ongoing legal bills. He met with ruling party leaders who visited him at his Pretoria residence late Monday and again on Tuesday morning to ask him to quit.

In 2016, South Africa's highest court ruled that Mr Zuma had violated the constitution when he failed to repay government money spent on his private home.

Mashatile said ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa would then be voted in as state president.

Magashule said the decision to recall Zuma was taken after exhaustive discussions.

"Cyril went to speak with him", the source said, adding that when Ramaphosa returned to the meeting, "the discussions were tense and hard on whether to recall Zuma".

Zuma's ability to survive the scandals in the past earned him the nickname "Teflon President".

Zuma has admitted he is friends with the Guptas, originally from India, but has denied any wrongdoing.

South Africa's economy has stagnated during Mr Zuma's nine-year tenure, with banks and mining companies reluctant to invest because of policy uncertainty and rampant corruption.

Zuma is on his way out, but now we have to wait for him to act as the ANC brokers the country's future in closed negotiations and marathon meetings, as it has always done.

An official has said the 75-year-old was willing to stand down in the next three to six months, but top leadership want him to withdraw from power immediately.

South Africa has busted into the property of Gupta family amid an inquiry to look into what's recognized as state capture.

Some ANC leaders have said they expect Zuma to step down on Wednesday.

More recently, Mr Zuma's links to the wealthy India-born Gupta family, who are alleged to have influenced the government, have caused his popularity to plummet.

The labour federation's general secretary, Bheki Ntshalintshali, said on Wednesday that the threats mentioned by Zuma in an interview with the SABC would not materialise.



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