'Jacob Zuma Will Resign Anytime From Now' - Malema

Aaron Brown
February 11, 2018

The ANC was the main anti-apartheid movement for decades and has led South Africa since the end of white minority rule in 1994, but its moral stature has diminished because of Zuma and wider problems of corruption and mismanagement.

Earlier, parliament chose to ask Zuma to delay his state-of-the-nation address due to fears of violence, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete told reporters outside parliament in Cape Town.

South Africa on yesterday postponed its State of the Nation address, the keynote political event of the year, as the ruling ANC party grappled over the future of President Jacob Zuma.

Zuma, whose term ends next year, was weakened in December when Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president, beat Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a former Cabinet minister who is also Zuma's ex-wife, in a leadership contest.

More information about Zuma's status as president will be available once "all pertinent matters" have been finalized, said Ramaphosa. At the same time the ANC's national executive council announced plans for meeting late on Wednesday, with the only hint that the meeting will be of "national importance", a senior member said in a press conference on Tuesday.

Zuma faces hundreds of criminal charges, including corruption, racketeering and fraud linked to a 1999 multibillion-dollar government arms deal. Critics questioned the legality of Mbeki's removal; the South African constitution only says parliament can remove the president through impeachment or a motion of no confidence.

Parliament Speaker Bal-eka Mbete made the ann-ouncement on Tuesday without giving a new date for the address that was scheduled for Thursday. Developments are moving quickly with little explanation from parliament or the African National Congress.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is expected to replace Zuma, says he anticipates a "speedy resolution" to transition talks he is holding with the president.

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"This is what Zuma said to his closest allies.he said they can fire me.but they are going to lose elections".

Zuma's defiance of calls to resign has stolen some of the shine from the optimism generated by the victory of Ramaphosa, who's cheered by many investors for his pledges to bolster growth, clamp down on graft and provide greater policy certainty.

The ANC party are due to hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday in a move that could see Mr Zuma removed from office.

Zuma is accused of allowing "state capture" by a wealthy Indian business family, the Guptas, who were granted lucrative business deals and possibly even influenced ministerial appointments.

He said that in the statement the bishops warned of "new and unsafe tensions that are rising as the ruling party goes through a period of transitions" and they called on everyone "to engage so that things could be done in calm and in peace". The rand had been remarkably stable during this volatility, likely finding support from the increasing prospect of Zuma's departure, analysts said.

The last time there was a motion against Zuma, 25 ANC members voted with the opposition parties.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said the ruling party will settle its disputes behind closed doors.

While Zuma is due to step down in mid-2019, his nine-year tenure has been marred by a series of scandals and policy missteps.

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