Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Mixed reactions over S. African president's recall

Mixed reactions over S. African president's recall

Ace Magashule, secretary-general of the African National Congress, says the party's national executive committee has made a decision to "recall" Zuma. However, if Zuma refuses to resign he will then face a vote of no confidence in parliament next week.

Within 30 days of Zuma's resignation, South Africa's chief justice would determine a date for the Lower House of Parliament, the National Assembly, to elect a new president from its members. "Once you resist we are going to let you be thrown out through the vote of no confidence because you disrespect the organisation and you disobey it, therefore, we are going to let you be devoured by the vultures", he said, speaking at the Umsobomvu Community Hall in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape.

Despite Mr Magashule telling reporters "the decision is now final", he revealed Mr Zuma told him that he "did not believe the NEC has the right" to make such a ruling. "Tomorrow the president will respond", he said, chuckling when a journalist said we know Zuma's track record with sticking to deadlines.

South Africa's cabinet has postponed its Wednesday meeting, usually chaired by Zuma, because of "developments taking place within the ruling party".

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa took over from Zuma as ANC leader and is now poised to be Zuma's successor.

"Unless Zuma tenders his resignation, this recall is not worth the paper it is printed on", he wrote on his verified Twitter account.

In televised remarks Wednesday, Zuma said the ANC had treated him unfairly and questioned the party's plans to rush him out of office.

Besides his controversial relationship with the Guptas, who were born in India but moved to South Africa in the early 1990s, Zuma has 783 counts of corruption outstanding against him relating to a $2.5 billion state arms deal in the late 1990s.

Some within the ANC and the opposition say the Gupta family, friends of Zuma, have used their links with the president to win state contracts and influence cabinet appointments.

South Africa's governing political party, decided on Tuesday to "urgently" oust the country's president, Jacob Zuma, after a 13-hour meeting held by the party's executive committee, reports the BBC.

The secretary-general of the African National Congress announced the party's decision on Tuesday. Opposition parties are calling for another vote of no confidence against Zuma next week.

Members of the wealthy family, who own several businesses in the country, are increasing their fortune through relationship with President Zuma.

The party of former president Nelson Mandela led the movement to end apartheid, but it has been losing support since Zuma took office in 2009.

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