Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Secrecy on president's exit bad for South Africa, group says

Secrecy on president's exit bad for South Africa, group says

We now know that that meeting was going to oust Zuma had he not resigned before then.

"This will enable President Zuma and myself to conclude our discussions and report back to our organisation and the country in the coming days", Ramaphosa said.

Zuma, who became president in 2009, has survived a couple of votes of no-confidence by parliament but his position came under a more powerful threat when Ramaphosa became ANC leader in December a year ago.

Some within the ANC and the opposition have said the Gupta family, friends of Zuma, have used their links with the president to win work with the state.

ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu confirmed to The Sowetan the special caucus meeting would go ahead as planned. In South Africa, it has become known as "state capture".

It would need to call a meeting of the National Executive Committee to force Zuma to quit.

Ramaphosa said progress has been made in their discussion with Zuma.

Sasfin fixed-income trader Alvin Chawasema said non-residents have so far shrugged off the impasse between Zuma and Ramphosa, having been net buyers of bonds for a second day in a row.

"The ANC in Parliament respects the ongoing engagement and eagerly awaits its imminent conclusion", it said.

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Additionally, Dube said: "The Constitution basically says that he (the deputy president) is completing the term of the president that is stepping down and in that sense it is not regarded as his own term so that leaves him free to contest in the next two elections".

Maimane said he had consulted with the leadership of the Economic Freedom Fighters to push for an urgent anti-Zuma motion of no confidence on February 13.

"A vote of no-confidence is not desirable, under any circumstances".

President Zuma has been South Africa's most controversial post-apartheid leader.

There have been strong indications since Monday that Zuma's exit could be on the cards. But many questions remain as to how exactly he will leave the president's office or who will step in as the new president.

This week saw the postponement of the state of the nation address which was scheduled to take place on Thursday.

"Zuma would listen to the Zulu king".

Independent political analyst Ralph Mathekga told AFP that Zuma's departure had been mishandled by the ANC.

"The king is a bargainer, he could help Cyril (Ramaphosa) heal KwaZulu-Natal after Zuma goes".

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