Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

South Africa: ANC prepares Zuma no-confidence vote

South Africa: ANC prepares Zuma no-confidence vote

After a 13-hour meeting of the ANC's leadership, the party's secretary-general on Tuesday said Zuma should resign promptly and that a response is expected from the president on Wednesday.

ANC leaders must act "swiftly, but constitutionally" to remove Zuma so the "work of recovering our future, which was imperiled by his ruinous regime - characterized by incompetence, corruption, state capture and low economic growth - can begin in earnest", said Bonang Mohale, CEO of Business Leadership South Africa, a group that promotes development.

If Zuma resigns, the cabinet would stay, Mashatile said, but should he be removed via a no confidence vote, the entire cabinet would have to be removed, the ANC treasurer general added.

Members of the African National Congress (ANC) protest outside the party's headquarters in downtown Johannesburg, Feb. 5, 2018 calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down. The party earlier issued a statement‚ saying it had abandoned its bid to take the matter to court as it had come to an understanding with the ruling party.

The raid is a sign that Cyril Ramaphosa, the new leader of the African National Congress (ANC), will move swiftly against those associated with the corruption allegations and mismanagement that have characterised Zuma's tenure, the Guardian reported.

But Zuma has refused to go despite months of negotiations. Opposition parties are calling for another vote of no confidence against Zuma next week.

Ramaphosa narrowly defeated Zuma's ex-wife and preferred successor, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, in the leadership vote, forcing him to tread carefully in handling Zuma for fear of deepening rifts in the party a year before an election.

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 party, once led by Nelson Mandela, has ruled South Africa since 1994, and led the country out of apartheid.

Cape Town - The Presidency had initially planned to hold a media briefing for President Jacob Zuma at the Union Building at 10:00 on Wednesday, but the request was later withdrawn, an official email shows.

"Nevertheless, after waiting for so long for such a major event, we still think that a formal resignation/removal will trigger some sharp gains, even if only temporarily", he said.

The speed of Zuma's demise after two weeks of dithering by the ANC has stunned South Africa.

The president has faced multiple corruption allegations, although he says he has done nothing wrong.

However, previous efforts to persuade Zuma, 75, to step down for the good of the party before his term next year have proven unsuccessful.

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.

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