Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

South African President Jacob Zuma facing parliament motion of no confidence

South African President Jacob Zuma facing parliament motion of no confidence

Ramaphosa has said that a key committee of South Africa's ruling ANC party planned to finalize "a transition to a new administration" at a meeting that began on Monday afternoon and stretched into the night, more than seven hours later.

Magashule said he had not given Zuma a deadline to respond to the recall demand, underlining the ANC's weakness in the face of the 75-year-old party veteran's ongoing determination to cling to power.

Zuma's presidency has been marred by corruption scandals, slow economic growth and record unemployment that have fuelled public anger.

"Should Zuma fail to resign, the NEC will have to decide whether to bring a motion of no confidence in Zuma to the parliament", said a legal expert who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance party, Mmusi Maimane, maintained they were calling for early elections because the factionalism in the ANC was holding the country to ransom. "The NEC themselves said that I must resign‚ and I find that very odd that I should do so because this is not the first time that they've said this‚" President Zuma said.

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

Ramaphosa took over the party's leadership in December past year as pressure mounted on Zuma to step down.

If Mr Zuma refuses to co-operate, the matter could go to parliament for a vote on a motion of no confidence.

It has not been rosy for Jacob Zuma, with many expecting Cyril Ramaphosa to deliver the State of the Nation address - implying that they want Mr. Zuma to step down.

Since becoming president in 2009, Mr Zuma has been dogged by scandal.

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He has resisted increasing pressure to quit since December, when Mr Ramaphosa replaced him as leader of the ANC.

In 2008, Zuma's supporters pushed out then-president Thabo Mbekivia a "recall" over allegations of abuse of power.

An insider told TimesLIVE that‚ whichever way Zuma opts to leave‚ the process is now left to parliament to finalise within the next two days.

The impasse has plunged South Africa - the continent's most developed economy - into confusion over who is running the country, with major national events cancelled amid the uncertainty.

The South African rand, which has tended to strengthen on signs Mr Zuma could step down before his second term ends mid next year, extended its gains to 0.7 per cent to the dollar on expectations Mr Zuma was on his way out. And 18 corruption charges, stemming from a 1990s arms deal, were dropped before he became president and have not been reinstated.

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