ANC wants to pass motion of no confidence in Zuma tomorrow

ANC wants to pass motion of no confidence in Zuma tomorrow

ANC wants to pass motion of no confidence in Zuma tomorrow

Mr Zuma did not said he was still waiting for clear reasons as to why senior party members were trying to force him out. "I don't understand. I don't agree with it". Should he resist the order to resign, the party's next option is a no-confidence motion in parliament.

He is expected to respond later today to a formal request from the African National Congress (ANC) to step down.

On the equities market, stocks were a bit volatile as investors digested news coming from the ANC camp and Zuma's almost hour-long interview.

ANC general secretary Ace Magashule announced on Tuesday he expected Mr Zuma to "heed" an "order to leave".

"We said comrade Ramaphosa must become the president of the ANC". The party earlier issued a statement‚ saying it had abandoned its bid to take the matter to court as it had come to an understanding with the ruling party.

In an exclusive interview with the state broadcaster, Zuma said he was criticising and not defying the party's decision.

Zuma succeeded in delaying the inevitable last week when his apparent willingness to negotiate prompted Ramaphosa and the rest of the ANC leadership to postpone a meeting of their top body, the national executive committee, to decide his future.

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It called the motion brought by fellow opposition group, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), to be brought forward from 22 February so parliament can "remove Jacob Zuma".

Ramaphosa, elected as the ANC's new leader in December, has said the government will do more to fight the corruption that has damaged the ANC, which has led South Africa since the end of white minority rule in 1994. Opposition parties are calling for another vote of no confidence against Zuma next week.

The meeting of the ANC's national executive committee (NEC) was called after it became clear over the weekend that almost five days of talks between Zuma, an anti-apartheid activist who has been South Africa's president since 2009, and Ramaphosa, who took over the leadership of the ANC in December, had failed.

"The era of Jacob Zuma's presidency will be known as a period of personal enrichment, excessive political appointments and interference in the economy that was never in the best interests of the country, giving rise to shameless corruption, gross maladministration and incompetence".

The uncertainly surrounding Zuma's anticipated response comes in the aftermath of an early morning police raid of a wealthy Indian-born family with deep ties to Zuma.

As the deadlock escalated, the party on Tuesday "recalled" Zuma from his post after days of failed closed-door negotiations with Ramaphosa.

Zuma stands accused of more than 780 charges of fraud, money laundering and racketeering related to an arms deal scandal. Zuma is implicated in the case, but he and the Guptas deny involvement.

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