South Africa: Zuma To Face Party Top Guns

Smoking out corruption at Eskom Africa's biggest electricity company
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05 February, 2018

The ANC's National Chairperson Gwede Mantashe has told a congregation at a church in Katlehong that the party will discuss what is best for the country with President Jacob Zuma on Sunday evening.

On Friday Baleka Mbete, Speaker of the House, agreed to allow yet another vote of no confidence in Zuma, the ninth he will have faced, on February 22.

In a letter to the EFF leader Julius Malema‚ Mbete had informed that "the determination had taken into account the programme of the National Assembly‚ including the state of the nation address‚ debate on the address‚ the president's reply to the debate and the tabling of the national budget on February 21".

There have been mixed signals from within the ANC about Zuma's fate, with delegations led by new ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa pressing that he is engaging with Zuma and ironing out a smooth transition - while secretary general Ace Magashule and deputy Jessie Duarte are adamant Zuma's early exit is not on the formal agenda.

The rand, which tends to strengthen on signs Zuma could leave office, pared losses on the announcement from parliament.

Alleged corruption leads point to Zuma & friends
Alleged corruption leads point to Zuma & friends

The president has been beset by a series of corruption allegations but denies any wrongdoing.

Zuma faces a growing chorus of calls for him to resign as president and is expected to meet the ANC's six most powerful officials this weekend, state broadcaster SABC said.

Mr Zuma has survived several no-confidence votes during his rule thanks to loyal voting by ANC lawmakers, who form a strong parliamentary majority. The embattled Zuma told supporters at his 75th birthday bash in Soweto, Johannesburg previous year that he would resign should the ANC ask him to do so. The Democratic Alliance was unsuccessful in its bid to have the Sona postponed.

There is also another planned motion of no confidence against Zuma later this month in parliament.

ANC party spokespersons were not available for to comment.

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