South African ruling party: Zuma must leave office by end of Tuesday

14 February, 2018, 19:46 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's deputy president and newly elected president of the ruling African National Congress, says he will tackle corruption in the country

South Africa's governing African National Congress is preparing to table a motion of no-confidence in President Jacob Zuma tomorrow.

Zuma has resisted increasing pressure to quit since December 2017, when Cyril Ramaphosa replaced him as leader of the ANC.

The ANC is desperately trying to prevent a protracted crisis and has set a deadline for Zuma to resign on Wednesday. He said he would issue a statement later on Wednesday. With few allies left, his resignation is still a possibility.

"I need to be furnished on what I've done", Mr Zuma said. The ANC top brass rejected his offer.

An elite police unit entered the compound of the Gupta family, which has been accused of using its connections to the president to influence Cabinet appointments and win state contracts. Zuma and the Guptas are implicated in the case.

However, he would then be expected to face a confidence vote in Parliament.

The ANC is expected to address the media later Tuesday. "My problem is that nobody has provided to me, even in the discussions that we are talking about, what have I done". "I felt I am being victimized here".

He has been leader since 2009 but has been dogged by corruption allegations, which he has vehemently denied.

Sources said they also argued that "everyone in the movement did not agree with a recall".

"Zuma is clearly digging in, fearing what could come next should he resign prematurely", Mark Schroeder, vice president of Africa analysis at geopolitical advisory company Stratfor, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television on Monday.

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"What is this hurry, what are you rushing for?"

On February 6, the much-anticipated annual presidential speech to Parliament that is typically half policy and half political theatre was postponed due to the tense stand-off between Zuma and his party's leadership.

The uncertainly surrounding Zuma's anticipated response comes in the aftermath of an early morning police raid of a wealthy Indian-born family with deep ties to Zuma.

He also said reports that the Hawks have carried out raids connected to the Gupta family continue "to send out the signal that SA Inc is on the right path to really fight corruption".

They were reinstated a year ago having been thrown out in 2009.

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

Should Mr Zuma fail to heed the ANC's directive, the next step would be for the party to call for a vote of no confidence in parliament, or outright impeachment.

We can no longer keep South Africa waiting, said senior ANC official Paul Mashatile.

The US is scheduled to release January's inflation data at 3.30pm South African time‚ giving a clue as to when its central bank would raise interest rates further.

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