Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Ruling party deciding whether Jacob Zuma should remain South Africa's president

Ruling party deciding whether Jacob Zuma should remain South Africa's president

This comes after the ANC national executive committee (NEC) agreed that he must be recalled as head of state, but failed to give a deadline.

ANC secretary general Ace Magashule says there are no timelines attached to an undertaking that the ANC's top six officials manage state president Jacob Zuma's exit from office.

Critics of Mr Zuma both inside and outside the ANC have said he should step aside as soon as possible to allow the ruling party time to restore voter confidence ahead of national elections scheduled for next year.

The African National Congress (ANC) also announced that the presidents of the three leagues (Veterans, Women and Youth) will serve in the structure on ex-officio basis. The ANC's electoral dominance means he will nearly certainly be South Africa's next president.

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"[Zuma] has already been largely neutralised".

The fact that the ANC committee even discussed Mr Zuma leaving is an admission that the president is a "liability", said Mcebisi Ndletyana, a politics professor at the University of Johannesburg. The party lost control of several cities in municipal elections in 2016 and may be forced into a coalition after the coming national election.

Four days ago, the Deputy President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa called on prosecutors to hasten action in pursuit of a firm owned by friends of the scandal-plagued leader. "For the sake of the ANC's electoral future, Zuma has to be out", Booysen said.

Other ANC sources have told News24 that they don't expect any major announcements around Zuma's fate to be made while Ramaphosa was out of the country.

The former trade union leader has pledged to clean up the image of the ANC and tackle the corruption that has dogged Zuma's tenure.

Richard Challand, a South Africa-based author and expert on the ANC, said "an age of impunity" might now be replaced by "a new era of public accountability".

Ramaphosa, 65, on Sunday left South Africa to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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