South Africa ruling party deciding if Zuma should step down

Jan 24, 2018, 12:31
South Africa ruling party deciding if Zuma should step down

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule said the ruling party has not arrived at the decision wether Zuma should go or not, therefore, there was no timeframe given as to when Zuma should vacate his office.

The election of Cyril Ramaphosa as ANC president has not yet seen the removal of Jacob Zuma as ANC president.

Mr Zuma, whose scandal-plagued tenure has hurt the popularity of Africa's oldest liberation party and the country's economy, has come under increasing pressure to step down since being replaced as party leader in December by Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's deputy president.

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As well as deciding Zuma must step down on Friday, the ANC National Executive Committee suspended the party's pro-Zuma provincial executive committees in the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Free State that the courts said weren't properly elected.

Magashule denied claims that Zuma would be made to resign this week‚ saying that the ANC should be given time and space to deal with the matter.

"We focussed on education, land, agriculture, reviving the economy and making sure as we move forward we focus on issues of health", he said, reporting on an ANC meeting at the weekend.

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The ruling party stated that although plans are underway to remove Zuma, no date have been fixed yet.

The World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters is scheduled to take place between 23 and 26 January 2018 under the theme: "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World".

Zuma's public diary indicates that he would deliver the state of the nation address on February 8. There will be interaction between comrade Zuma and comrade Ramaphosa. Zuma's closest allies still hold senior positions in the party, and he could in theory remain president until the 2019 election that marks the end of his second and final term in office.

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