Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

South African Zuma to set up anti-graft probe

South African Zuma to set up anti-graft probe

The failure by the ANC NEC and ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa to recall Jacob Zuma on Wednesday only proves that the ANC is incapable of change‚ the Democratic Alliance says.

Ramaphosa was said to be negotiating Zuma's resignation as head of state. Newly elected ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule confirmed speculation that Ramaphosa was in talks with Zuma.

Zuma has been weakened since Ramaphosa narrowly defeated Zuma's ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in an ANC leadership contest last month.

The traditional 8 January statement - which this year marked the ANC's 106th anniversary - will be delivered in East London on Saturday.

Ramaphosa emerged from the beachside conference venue for an impromptu walkabout among vendors selling ANC paraphernalia but he took no questions as he chatted and joked with the hawkers.

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President Uhuru will be making his first state visit to the country since his second term inauguration. He urged the party's rank and file to support the new ANC leadership‚ fight corruption in its ranks and "to not soil the reputation" of the ANC. "Zuma deserves no credit for this decision".

"The ANC can not avoid dealing with the future of Jacob Zuma".

But the new collective is said to have opted to exclusively discuss matters related to this weekend's 8 January statement, which will set the tone for the leadership's goals.

Few currencies could match the tumultuous rand over the course of 2017, with worldwide factors such as the inauguration of Donald Trump, and internal factors including the firing of finance minister Pravin Gordhan and the appointment of Cyril Ramaphosa as ANC president contributing to the R2.04 price swing of the course of the year.

There could be a less high-profile meeting of the NEC next week where a more serious discussion about Zuma leaving would be held, one of the senior party members said. He had earlier been seen jogging on the city's waterfront.

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