South Africa's ANC To Support No-Confidence Motion Against Zuma

South Africa's ANC To Support No-Confidence Motion Against Zuma

South Africa's ANC To Support No-Confidence Motion Against Zuma

South African President Jacob Zuma said the push by his ruling party for him to resign is "unfair", in his first television interview since the African National Congress made a decision to replace him as the nation's leader.

Under an accelerated timeline, parliament would vote to remove Zuma from office on Thursday unless he resigns before then, Mthembu said.

Wednesday's decision of the ANC to push ahead with the vote comes amid high drama in which police in Johannesburg raided a luxury home of the Gupta family, an Indian immigrant businessmen family that lies at the heart of corruption allegations levelled at Zuma.

An opposition request for a no-confidence vote against Zuma this week was still being considered by the parliament speaker.

The ruling party's national executive committee recalled its former leader on Tuesday after his refusal to voluntarily step down.

John Cairns, Currency strategist at the Rand Merchant Bank, meanwhile said the local currency (Rand) had not been inspired by the formal recall of Zuma.

The document was just one of the many dramas gripping Pretoria and Johannesburg, South Africa's political and commercial capitals, as the net closed in on Zuma and his allies.

The caucus was addressed by ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile and coincides with the arrest of three people linked to the Hawks' state capture investigation.

But he has resisted increasing pressure to quit since December, when Cyril Ramaphosa replaced him as leader of the ANC.

On Tuesday, Cosatu, which is in an alliance with the ANC implored Zuma not to hold the country "hostage".

Also Wednesday, police raided the home of prominent business associates of Zuma who are accused of being at the centre of corruption scandals that have infuriated the country, hurt the ANC's popularity and weakened the economy.

In 2016, the country's Constitutional Court ruled unanimously that Zuma was liable for some of the $20 million in public funds spent on an upgrade to his private residence.

Zuma faces the possible reinstatement of corruption charges in connection with a $2.5 billion arms deal while he was deputy president.

As the new president, Ramaphosa would not have the power to grant Zuma immunity from prosecution. Zuma, 75, denies any wrongdoing and it remains unclear whether he will throw in the towel or dig in deeper.

Government leaders hope the standoff can be resolved ahead of the unveiling of the national budget in parliament on February 21, which would go some way toward reassuring investors that the country is getting back on track.

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.

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