Zuma's Fate Hangs In The Balance

Zuma's Fate Hangs In The Balance

Zuma's Fate Hangs In The Balance

The leaders of the African National Congress (ANC) delivered a letter to Zuma early Tuesday officially informing the beleaguered president of his party's decision to "recall" him at a meeting of its national executive committee, according to South Africa's News24.

The move comes after weeks of mounting pressure for Zuma to resign after nine years as president, which have been "marred by economic decline and multiple charges of corruption", The Guardian says.

An opposition-sponsored motion of no confidence in Zuma had been scheduled for February 22, but the ruling party joined opposition leaders in pushing for the date to be moved to this week in a rare show of unity among rival political factions. "The NEC themselves said that I must resign‚ and I find that very unusual that I should do so because this is not the first time that they've said this‚" President Zuma said. South Africa's chief prosecutor is expected to make a decision on whether to prosecute Zuma on the old charges, which were reinstated past year after being thrown out in 2009. He called off a similar committee meeting last week to concentrate on confidential talks with Zuma about a power transition.

He is said to have argued that in light of the state capture inquiry investigating Zuma's relationship with the Guptas, threat of impeachment and a motion of no confidence against him, recalling him was "saving Zuma from himself".

The ANC is expected to announce the outcome of the meeting at the party's Johannesburg headquarters at 2 p.m. on Tuesday (7 a.m. ET). If that happens, Ramaphosa would likely become South African president.

The power struggle over Zuma's departure has put him at loggerheads with deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, his expected successor, who is the new head of the ANC.

The motion will be debated in the South African parliament on Thursday.

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However Zuma demanded a three month "notice period" before resigning, one ANC official briefed on the conversation said on condition of anonymity.

The impasse has plunged South Africa - the continent's most developed economy - into confusion over who is running the country, with major national events cancelled amid the uncertainty.

"Zuma told Ramaphosa and Magashule that he would respond to them publicly when the party informed him of the decision to recall him", a source said.

In 2016, South Africa's highest court ruled that Mr Zuma had violated the constitution when he failed to repay government money spent on his private home. If Zuma digs in and refuses to be fired, he has to be removed through a parliamentary motion.

Zuma served as Deputy President to Thabo Mbeki for six years when he helped orchestrate a putsch against the President.

He also faces more than 783 allegations of corruption relating to a 1990s arms deal.

"We made a decision to recall Zuma".

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