South Africa's ANC postpones decision on Zuma's fate

07 February, 2018, 02:05 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Alleged corruption leads point to Zuma & friends

Earlier Tuesday, ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte, who was introducing the new ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe, told reporters in Johannesburg that a binding collective decision will be made by the NEC on the fate of Zuma at a meeting in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Opposition parties and some in the ANC want Zuma to go before his state of the nation address to parliament, scheduled for Thursday.

On Monday, the ANC's National Working Committee, meeting in Johannesburg, was holding talks that could force Zuma to leave.

"[Zuma's future] was discussed at a great deal of length".

"We are not going to discuss the outcome with you because we don't know what the outcome will be, " she said.

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"I hope the African National Congress leadership as they are meeting tomorrow (Sunday), they will be able to sort things and we don't have to give the reason and the space for other people to decide on our behalf".

He was already replaced as ANC party chief in December by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is seen as Zuma's political heir apparent.

The league said Zuma's continued stay as president of the country has negative consequences for the ANC and the country ahead of the national elections next year.

Zuma (75) is battling several corruption allegations. The meetings of Cabinet Committees take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to process matters that will be taken to Cabinet.

The ANC was the main anti-apartheid movement for decades and has led South Africa since the end of white minority rule in 1994, but its moral stature has diminished because of concerns about Zuma and wider problems of corruption and mismanagement.

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And despite the attacks on him, Mr Zuma still enjoys support within the party, particularly among rural members and within his own Zulu community.

"He said he did everything he was told to do - paid back the money [for Nkandla security upgrades]...and that if they came to a conclusion that he is a problem...then they should fire him".

The announcement follows a meeting of the chief whips of political parties in parliament Tuesday and a series of high-level ANC meetings to decide the fate of Zuma, who has been at South Africa's helm for almost a decade.

The party's NEC is split between supporters of Ramaphosa and Zuma. Critics questioned the legality of Mbeki's removal; the South African constitution only says parliament can remove the president through impeachment or a motion of no confidence.

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