South Africa's Zuma expected to respond to ouster push
South Africa's Zuma expected to respond to ouster push
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14 February, 2018, 18:14
African National Congress leaders said they want parliament to vote on a motion of no confidence against Zuma on Thursday and replace him right away with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa if the president refuses Wednesday to step aside.
The African National Congress party on Tuesday ordered South African President Jacob Zuma to leave office by the end of the day, or risk being removed by force.
"We know you want this matter to be finalised", Ramaphosa, 65, told a party rally in Cape Town on Sunday.
"Zuma has been unloved by the markets and we are likely going to see the rand firm", Mpofu said, referring to the country's local currency.
Many other graft allegations against him have centred on the three Gupta brothers, who are accused of unfairly obtaining lucrative government contracts and even being able to choose Zuma's ministerial appointments.
Susan Booysen, a political science professor at Stellenbosch University, said she expected that Zuma would resign - albeit grudgingly.
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.
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 ahead of an election.
This has been scheduled for 22 February, but it could be held earlier.
Ace disclose that Zuma did not threaten to challenge his removal by the party in court, as speculated by local media.
But many South Africans, exhausted of Zuma's scandal and corruption tainted leadership, want him to step aside now.
South African media are calling President Zuma's seemingly inevitable exit "Zexit".
Besides his controversial relationship with the influential Guptas family, Zuma has 783 counts of corruption outstanding against him relating to a multi-billion dollar state arms deal in the late 1990s.
These were Jacob Zuma's words amid calls for his resignation as the South African President.
Although it had not set a deadline for Zuma to resign, Magashule made it clear that they expected the president "to respond" today to the decision. Although it would be painful for the ANC to back an opposition motion, the ruling party may have little choice.
The deputy in question was Jacob Zuma, who took over the presidency the following year.
The ANC's former head of intelligence, Zuma took office in May 2009, just weeks after prosecutors dropped graft charges against him.
The political wrangle has plunged South Africa - the continent's most developed economy - into confusion over who is running the country, with last week's annual State of the Nation address cancelled.
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