Jacob Zuma to address the nation as resignation speculation mounts

Glen Norman
February 14, 2018

The ANC's "Top Six" officials including Ramaphosa approached Zuma at his Pretoria residence on February 4 to call on him to resign.

Mr Zuma broke his silence on Wednesday in a live interview with state broadcaster SABC as the nation awaited word on whether he would obey a ruling party order to leave office. The urgent meeting started at 2pm on Monday and ended at 3am on Tuesday.

That meeting lasted less than an hour, with Zuma refusing to comply.

President Zuma has been discredited by a number of corruption scandals and Mr Ramaphosa was chosen in December to replace him as ANC leader.

Corruption scandals involving Zuma have sunk the popularity of the ANC, which holds stature as a key player that fought white minority rule and is credited with the dismantling of apartheid in 1991.

Unless he quits in the coming hours, Parliament is poised to remove Mr Zuma, 75, on Thursday and elect a new president immediately after. The NEC, however, rejected his conditions.

But Zuma has refused to go despite months of negotiations.

President Jacob Zuma broke his silence for the first time on Wednesday since discussions about his exit began.

"We couldn't allow him to stay on". He was expected to respond to a formal request from the party to step down at some point on Wednesday. Zuma has been part of the ANC for nearly six decades and led the intelligence arm of the movement's underground military wing. If he doesn't resign, he will face a vote of no confidence in Parliament, which he will no doubt lose without his party's support.

However, Zuma is said to have been defended by several members, including ANC Women's League Secretary-General Meokgo Matuba and North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo.

The rand should remain range-bound ahead of any media briefing, said TreasuryOne currency dealer Gerard van der Westhuizen. These are the decisions taken by leaders of the opposition political parties which met in parliament yesterday.

Another asked: "What was the rush?"

The raid on the Guptas' home came a day after the ANC announced a "recall" of Zuma - in effect, a public demand that he step down.

Both Zuma and the Guptas deny the accusations.

South African President Jacob Zuma said the push by his ruling party for him to resign is "unfair", in his first television interview since the African National Congress made a decision to replace him as the nation's leader. The Economic Freedom Fighters, the third biggest party, last month proposed the no-confidence motion that's now due to be debated on 22 February, and plans to go to court if it isn't brought forward.

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