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14 February 2018, 07:23 | Myrtle Vega
South African President Jacob Zuma has been told to stand down
Ace Magashule, secretary-general of the African National Congress (ANC), said the party's national executive committee had chose to "recall" Mr Zuma, who has been discredited by a number of corruption scandals.
The rand's fortunes have been closely tied to political outcomes over the past couple of months, with the currency rallying on any sign of an end to the corruption scandals and economic decline that have tainted Zuma's time in office.
ANC officials admitted they had no idea whether Zuma would bow to the party's demand - which has no constitutional effect - or cling on to power and face a vote of no confidence in parliament organized by opposition parties.
THE ruling African National Congress (ANC) parliamentary caucus has agreed to table a Motion of No Confidence against President Jacob Zuma on Thursday.
"I have got mixed feelings", said Johan Van Vuren, 32, a photographer in Johannesburg. Zuma pioneered South Africa's entry to join the Brazil, Russia, India and China group. South Africans have heavily criticised protracted "transition talks" between Zuma and Ramaphosa that started last week, demanding an end to the impasse.
Zuma said he would make another statement later Wednesday, raising the possibility that he might change his position and resign voluntarily rather than face the humiliation of his ouster by the combined votes of the ruling and opposition parties.
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This follows after Zuma did not address the nation on his decision to resign after he was recalled by the ANC's highest decision-making body on Tuesday. Mbeki did not contest the order and Zuma became president after elections the following year. In December previous year, he was replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa as the party president of the African National Congress. The vote has been scheduled for February 22, but it could be held earlier.
ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule said he expected Zuma to reply to the directive on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has sent a letter to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema informing him that she has chose to reschedule the motion of no confidence in President Zuma for Thursday 15 February at 2pm.
Both Mr Zuma and the Guptas deny the allegations.
The sources who spoke to News24 on condition of anonymity, could not say if the meeting had decided on the next step if Zuma refused to resign. Late a year ago, South Africa's top court ruled that he violated the constitution when he paid for multimillion-dollar upgrades to his private home with state funds.
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