Published: Wed, February 14, 2018

South Africa's ruling party urges President Zuma to resign amid corruption scandals

South Africa's ruling party urges President Zuma to resign amid corruption scandals

Citing unidentified ANC sources, South African media say Zuma has asked for state security for his family, payment of legal fees and a few more months in office.

While ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule was at pains to show respect for the president on Tuesday, saying Zuma had done nothing, critics say his tenure will be remembered as a time when South Africa went from being known as a "rainbow nation" to one coloured by corruption.

The African National Congress has tried for weeks to get Zuma, whose term expires next year, to resign and cede the country's leadership either to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who was selected in December to replace Zuma as head of the party, or to a caretaker president.

Besides the pressure from the ANC, Zuma is facing a no-confidence motion in parliament brought by the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters. It was felt that the president of the party also should be president of the country, he said. I have not spoken to him, but I know that he is an intelligent man who will not disobey his party's decision.

"Whilst the ANC NEC is dealing with this matter to its finality, all ANCWL cadres are requested to be preoccupied with working towards uniting the ANC and making it an even more effective instrument of liberation in the hands of the people", secretary Meokgo Matuba said.

South Africa's cabinet has postponed its Wednesday meeting, usually chaired by Zuma, because of "developments taking place within the ruling party".

"Unless Zuma tenders his resignation, this recall is not worth the paper it is printed on", he wrote on his verified Twitter account.

South Africa's ruling party has ordered Jacob Zuma to step down as head of state after marathon talks over the fate of the scandal-plagued president.

Till then, the focus will remain on President Zuma's willingness to step down from the post.

"We discussed and discussed and discussed, and at the end of discussions, once you take a resolution, it is called a collective decision", Magashule told a news conference Tuesday.

Zuma has admitted he is friends with the Guptas, originally from India, but has denied any wrongdoing.

Speaking to the SABC on Wednesday, the embattled leader said he has not been given enough evidence to enable him step down as the president.

In another scandal, South Africa's top court ruled in 2016 that Zuma violated the constitution following an investigation of multi-million-dollar upgrades to his private home using state money.

Magashule said the ANC is looking forward to an "amicable solution" and that "it's obvious" the party wants Ramaphosa to succeed Zuma.

The party of former president Nelson Mandela led the movement to end apartheid, but it has been losing support since Zuma took office in 2009.

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