South Africa: ANC to decide on fate of Jacob Zuma

South Africa: ANC to decide on fate of Jacob Zuma

South Africa: ANC to decide on fate of Jacob Zuma

The executive committee of South Africa's ruling party will hold a meeting today to "finalise" President Zuma's departure.

The decision comes after almost five days of talks between Zuma and the deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, who took over the leadership of the ANC in December. He called off a similar committee meeting last week to concentrate on confidential talks with Zuma about a power transition.

If Mr Zuma refuses to take heed of the recall - his term officially ends in 2019 - he is expected to face a vote of no confidence in parliament before the end of the month. "Our people want this matter finalized".

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.

"We know you want this matter finalised", he told the crowd to loud cheers and applause. This is despite speculation that SONA would be postponed to allow President Zuma to resign the presidency.

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Ramaphosa has put the focus on rooting out corruption and revitalising economic growth since defeating Zuma's preferred successor, Zuma's ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, in the ANC leadership race.

Ramaphosa, the trade unionist-turned-businessman, was elected to lead the ruling party in December previous year after Zuma's second term as party president ended.

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Ramaphosa did not give much insights into his talks with Zuma when he delivered the first keynote address at the Grand Parade in Cape Town on Sunday to mark 28 years since late former president Nelson Mandela's release from prison.

Opposition leaders have denounced unconfirmed reports that Zuma has asked for concessions, saying he should be tried if corruption charges are brought against him and go to jail if found guilty.

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The ANC is trying to wrap up a deal for Zuma to resign so Ramaphosa can restore investor confidence and public support for the ANC as it gears up for the vote.

It is understood that a key sticking point in the negotiations is the potentially ruinous legal fees Zuma is facing from prolonged court battles against multiple criminal cases.

In a speech in Cape Town on Sunday, Mr. Ramaphosa called for unity in the ruling party.

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Zuma is planning to tell his family this weekend that he's resigning and will announce his decision early next week, the New Age newspaper reported, citing people it didn't identify. Communications from an ANC official leaked on Friday suggested the party was planning to hold a meeting on Wednesday to sack Zuma but chose to hold off because negotiations between Zuma and Ramaphosa were going so well.

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