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South Africa: ANC prepares Zuma no-confidence vote

14 February, 2018, 19:24 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Jacob Zuma resigns as president of South Africa

A senior member of South Africa's ruling African National Congress party who didn't want his name mentioned has revealed that the party's executive committee has made a decision to "recall", or remove, President Jacob Zuma as head of state.

The party's powerful 107-member national executive committee (NEC) met for 13 hours at a hotel outside Pretoria, and decided in the early hours of Tuesday to "recall" Zuma from his post.

The rand's fortunes have been closely tied to political outcomes over the past couple of months, with the currency rallying on any sign of an end to the corruption scandals and economic decline that have tainted Zuma's time in office.

"We have now asked the chief whip to proceed with the motion of no confidence tomorrow in parliament.so that President Zuma is then removed", ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile told reporters Wednesday.

Leaders and senior representatives of opposition parties have issued a unanimous call for the immediate removal of Jacob Zuma as President through a Motion of No Confidence vote, followed by the dissolution of Parliament, followed by early elections.

"I have got mixed feelings", said Johan Van Vuren, 32, a photographer in Johannesburg. At the end of 2007 he beat Mbeki to become the leader of the ANC and was elected South Africa's President in 2009.

Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president of South Africa, won the leadership of the governing ANC in December in a hotly contested election.

Opposition parties are calling for another vote of no confidence against Zuma next week.

It insists it will continue to push for the motion to be debated this week, despite the ANC's decision to formally recall Zuma. Presidents in South Africa are chosen by ruling party lawmakers in the lower house of parliament, not by voters directly. By the end‚ it was decided that Zuma be recalled - a party decision that has no legal standing.

That meeting lasted less than an hour, with Zuma refusing to comply.

The deputy in question was Jacob Zuma, who took over the presidency the following year.

Presidential spokesman Bongani Ngqulunga yesterday dismissed reports that Mr Zuma had agreed to resign as "fake news".

Past year the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that he must face 18 counts of corruption, fraud, racketeering and money laundering relating to a 1999 arms deal.

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