Jacob Zuma's fate to be decided at South African ruling party meeting

Jacob Zuma's fate to be decided at South African ruling party meeting

Jacob Zuma's fate to be decided at South African ruling party meeting

South Africans will soon have "closure" on talks to remove President Jacob Zuma from office, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said Sunday.

During the last attempt, in August, the president's opponents fell short by only 24 votes after some lawmakers from Zuma's own African National Congress (ANC) party voted against him.

A voluntary resignation by Zuma, by contrast, would keep the ruling political party relatively more cohesive, thereby enabling Ramaphosa to refashion it in ways that can be used to rebuild South Africa's economic, political and even institutional foundations.

With the 75-year-old Zuma refusing a February 4 request to resign by senior party officials, the ANC's top decision-making committee will meet on Monday.

Either Zuma will pay heed to their demands to step aside, or he faces a vote of no confidence in parliament - which he is likely to lose - or face impeachment.

"We have arrived at a moment in the history of our country where we can relive that moment when Nelson Mandela was released... we have a new mood right across the country, we can capture that mood and move forward", said Ramaphosa.

The central bank said it would release 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 rand denominations as part of Mandela's centenary celebrations, Xinhua quoted a statement as saying. But analysts say there is greater support for him now to step down.

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"I don't understand why the ANC's new leadership has not removed Zuma already because that is long overdue", he said at the rally. "It offers us an opportunity to return our struggle to the path along which Nelson Mandela led us".

Mr Zuma has resisted increasing pressure to quit since December, when Mr Ramaphosa replaced him as leader of the ANC (African National Congress). In less than five months in office, Mr. Lourenco has sacked high-level officials - including the daughter and son of the former president - to show the seriousness of his promises to fight corruption and stimulate the economy.

"We must work together as Madiba taught us to push back the frontiers of poverty, unemployment and inequality", he said.

Alternatively Mr Zuma could be impeached if he is suspected of violating the South African constitution or breaking the law.

One case relates to 783 payments he allegedly received linked to an arms deal before he came to power.

"As leadership of the ANC we are now engaged in discussions around the transition to a new administration and specifically to resolve the issues of the position of the president of the Republic", Ramaphosa said.

Opposition parties are calling for a parliamentary vote of no-confidence within days.

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