South African ruling party leaders to meet amid Zuma limbo

South African ruling party leaders to meet amid Zuma limbo

South Africa's African National Congress (ANC) leader Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday the party's executive body would meet on Monday to finalise discussions on the future of President Jacob Zuma, who is under mounting pressure to step down.

NEC members also want the meeting to affirm party president Cyril Ramaphosa as Zuma's successor as state president.

ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) members have begun arriving for the party's meeting taking place at St George's Hotel.

Analysts have indicated that there is a possibility that Zuma could refuse to heed a party recall, pointing to Zuma's track record of "digging in" and statements made by the first lady claiming that "it is about to get ugly".

"We have arrived at a moment in the history of our country where we can relive that moment when Nelson Mandela was released... we have a new mood right across the country, we can capture that mood and move forward", said Ramaphosa.

In a speech in Cape Town on Sunday, Mr. Ramaphosa called for unity in the ruling party. In one case, the High Court ruled last month that Mr. Zuma was guilty of "abuse of judicial process" and ordered him to personally defray legal costs.

"We are not going to leave the Union Buildings‚ by the way‚ until he (Zuma) resigns‚" Maumela said.

"In defence of Madiba's legacy, we will continue to wage a relentless war on corruption and mismanagement of the resources of our country", said Ramaphosa.

He pledged to tackle the corruption that has marred Zuma's time in office.

"As leadership of the ANC we are now engaged in discussions around the transition to a new administration and specifically to resolve the issues of the position of the president of the Republic", Ramaphosa said.

Zuma denies wrongdoing, but he has been discredited by scandals, including multimillion-dollar upgrades to his private home that were paid by the state, allegations of looting of state enterprises by his associates, and the possible reinstatement of corruption charges tied to an arms deal two decades ago.

Jailed for 27 years, the anti-apartheid leader addressed an ecstatic crowd from the balcony of Cape Town's City Hall on February 11, 1990 and was elected as South Africa's first black president four years later. It will need some form of co-operation from Mr. Zuma, who still holds significant factional support and many levers of power. "It offers us an opportunity to return our struggle to the path along which Nelson Mandela led us".

So, will the ANC force Zuma out of office or will the so-called "teflon" president resign on his own terms?

The far-left Economic Freedom Fighters party (EFF) opposition, which brought the no-confidence motion, has demanded that it be held this week.



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