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S.African MPs Set To Finally Oust Zuma Thursday

S.African MPs Set To Finally Oust Zuma Thursday

Duvenage said his organisation would "oppose any deal that allowed Zuma to escape accountability for his involvement in criminal activities". "I have not defied [the ANC], I have disagreed", he added.

NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton says "Being the wily strategist that he is, as well as being a veteran political survivor, Zuma looks as if he's forcing the ANC to do what it doesn't want to do, join the opposition in Parliament in a vote of no confidence or possible impeachment". Zuma had agreed to resign but wanted to stay in power for three more months.

His reputation stained by years-long allegations of graft, Zuma has been told by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party to step down.

"I don't understand it", Zuma said in an interview with the SABC, about the demand by the ANC's national executive committee that he immediately step down.

He insisted that the ANC cannot sort out the mess it has created merely by recalling the president: "The ANC can't come now and offer a [sacrificial] lamb of Jacob Zuma and think it will absolve them of all their sins".

Secretary general Ace Magashule and his deputy, Jessie Duarte, delivered the party's recall letter to Zuma at his official residence in Pretoria.

Correspondents say it will be very hard for him to resist a formal request to resign but he would not be legally obliged to do so and could technically carry on as president despite losing the faith of his party.

In a briefing to South African state television on Wednesday, Zuma said he was confused about why he was recalled by the ANC.

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"The NEC (National Executive Committee) decided.to recall its deployed Jacob Zuma", Magashule told reporters, saying the move "was taken only after exhaustive discussion on the impact such a recall would have on the country".

A motion of no confidence sponsored by an opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, has been scheduled for February 22 in parliament.

The president has been discredited by corruption scandals but has been clinging onto power.

Zuma, 75, took office in 2009 and is in his second five-year term.

The speaker of South Africa's parliament wants to hold a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma on Thursday afternoon.

Gains were supported after a police unit raided the home of the Gupta family, wealthy friends of Zuma, with local police reporting that one member of the family has been arrested. Calls for him to quit have grown since Cyril Ramaphosa replaced him as party leader in December.

South Africa's top court had ruled that Zuma violated the country's constitution following an investigation of multimillion-dollar upgrades to his private home that were paid for by the state.


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