Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

South Africa's ANC To Support No-Confidence Motion Against Zuma

South Africa's ANC To Support No-Confidence Motion Against Zuma

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma is at the brink of being ousted after an extraordinary two-month saga. "A former cabinet official blew the whistle and said the Guptas offered him a $50 million dollar bribe", Granitz reports.

On Tuesday, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) ordered Zuma to step down as president of the country, giving him no firm deadline but saying the party was sure he would comply and "respond" on Wednesday.

Zuma's term is due to end next year.

Zuma said he would make another statement later Wednesday, raising the possibility that he might change his position and resign voluntarily rather than face the humiliation of his ouster by the combined votes of the ruling and opposition parties.

It would be very hard though for him to resist a formal request to resign - known as a "recall", the report added.

"One of Zuma's sons works for the Guptas, as do the children of other high ranking officials".

Ramaphosa was elected ANC president in December, replacing Zuma.

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The rand raced to R11.79/$ as the governing party announced it will vote on a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma on Thursday.

The ANC's national executive committee had decided on Tuesday to recall Zuma.

"I can confirm that the Chief Whip has called an urgent caucus meeting‚ which will sit at 10am tomorrow‚" said Nonceba Mhlauli‚ a spokesperson for the office of ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu.

After a marathon eight-hour meeting of the party's top leadership, party leader Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the message to Mr Zuma in person, the SABC state broadcaster said.

"While it may well be coincidental that the swoop on the Gupta's compound - and even possible arrest of a Gupta brother - occurs on a day in which President Zuma is slated to step down, these actions will heap further pressure on the president", he said. He faces more than 780 allegations relating to a 1990s arms deal alone, and faces criticism for his links to a family of powerful businessmen, the Guptas.

Domestic media have speculated that Zuma might yet defy the party's wishes, forcing it into the indignity of having to unseat him in parliament. The Economic Freedom Fighters, the third biggest party, last month proposed the no-confidence motion that's now due to be debated on 22 February, and plans to go to court if it isn't brought forward. He has emerged unscathed in a slew of no-confidence votes over the years despite the extraordinary number of corruption allegations against him, counting on the ANC's dominance in parliament to shield him.

Zuma is not the first ANC member to be accused of corruption, and the party has sought to show a unified front to the South African people.

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