ANC ready to decide Jacob Zuma’s fate

ANC ready to decide Jacob Zuma’s fate

The highest decision-making body of South Africa’s ruling party, ANC, is set to meet to decide on the fate of President Jacob Zuma, on Monday.

In the meeting dubbed D-Day by local media, Zuma is expected to finally resign after weeks of pressure to do so.

On Sunday, Cyril Ramaphosa, the new leader of the African National Congress (ANC), addressed a rally in Cape Town marking Mandela’s release from prison in 1990. His comments were until now, the biggest indication that Zuma was on his way out.

“The National Executive Committee of the ANC will be meeting tomorrow to discuss this very matter, and because our people want this matter to be finalised, the NEC will be doing precisely that,” Ramaphosa said.

While the National Executive Committee (NEC), has the power to demand that Zuma step down, it does not wield the constitutional power to push him out of office.

Either Zuma will pay heed to their demands to step aside, or he faces a vote of no confidence in parliament – which he is likely to lose – or face impeachment.

South Africans have been holding their breath for the better part of two weeks as the spectre of Zuma’s looming exit cast a shadow over the nation.

Various bodies within the ANC have met on several occasions to discuss what is being called “transition” of power. Outside the ANC, opposition parties and civil society are baying for Zuma’s blood.

Last week, the Nelson Mandela Foundation released a statement calling for the immediate resignation of Zuma.

 

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