South Africa's Ruling Party Demands President Zuma Resign

South Africa's Ruling Party Demands President Zuma Resign

South Africa's Ruling Party Demands President Zuma Resign

The party's national executive committee took the decision during a 13-hour meeting that ended in the early hours of Tuesday in Pretoria.

Ramaphosa and Ace Magashule, the party's secretary-general, had personally delivered a request for Zuma to resign to the president's official residence in Pretoria at about midnight.

The ANC is under pressure to decide on Zuma's fate as opposition parties have demanded that Speaker Baleka Mbete move forward a motion of no confidence tabled by the EFF.

South African President Jacob Zuma said the push by his ruling party for him to resign is "unfair", in his first television interview since the African National Congress made a decision to replace him as the nation's leader. These are the decisions taken by leaders of the opposition political parties which met in parliament yesterday.

Nevertheless, he said it is "generally thought in South Africa that the NEC want to get rid of Jacob Zuma".

Since being elected president of the ANC in December, Cyril Ramahosa has been clear that he had no intention of humiliating Zuma.

Magashule is expected to formally communicate the outcomes of the meeting to journalists at noon on Tuesday.

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

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

The stalemate over his departure has left Africa's most developed economy in limbo, with a series of public events cancelled last week, including Thursday's State of the Nation address to Parliament.

He said Zuma had agreed to resign and wanted to stay in office for several more months, but the party's executive committee decided he had to leave at once.

Zuma's popularity has plunged as his second presidential term has been married by allegations of corruption and mismanagement of state funds.

If the motion were held and a majority of legislators voted against Zuma, the entire Cabinet would also have to resign, dashing Ramaphosa's hopes of a carefully managed transition.

Signs of law enforcement mobilizing against the Guptas, and by association Zuma, caused the rand to strengthen 0.5 per cent against the dollar. Zuma was implicated in at least one of the corruption convictions stemming from that deal and was forced out of his role as deputy president at the time.

The State of Capture report by South Africa's former state prosecutor Thuli Mandolesa accused the Gupta brothers of using their wealth to influence government business including the choice of ministers appointed by president Jacob Zuma.

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