Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

ANC announces no-confidence vote in Zuma as allies' home raided

ANC announces no-confidence vote in Zuma as allies' home raided

"Zuma is clearly digging in, fearing what could come next should he resign prematurely", Mark Schroeder, vice president of Africa analysis at geopolitical advisory company Stratfor, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television on Monday.

Zuma's office said there was no "official communication" of any impending address but urged media to wait.

A strong press contingent was also waiting outside Zuma's official residence, Mahlamba Ndlopfu, close to the Union Buildings.

South African President Jacob Zuma broke his silence Wednesday to disagree with the ruling party's order to resign and say he'd done nothing wrong, setting the stage for his nearly certain ouster in a parliamentary vote on Thursday after years of corruption scandals.

The ANC can "recall" the head of state, essentially forcing him to resign, but the process is a party-level instruction and he is under no constitutional obligation to obey.

It would be very hard though for him to resist a formal request to resign - known as a "recall", the report added.

Zuma, 75, has denied any wrongdoing.

She said one reason the rand didn't react much to Tuesday's announcement by ANC secretary general Ace Magashule that the party was recalling Zuma was because the president's removal had already been priced into the rand's level "for over a week". "I disagree with it, I think it is baseless".

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The party aims to remove Mr Zuma from power so deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa can take over straight away.

It is unclear how Zuma would respond to the formal request to step down, which was expected to be issued later on Tuesday.

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba however told CNN on Tuesday that Zuma was expected to announce his resignation at 10:00.

South Africa's elite police unit today arrested three people as they raided the posh home of India-born Guptas, a controversial business family linked to embattled President Jacob Zuma, who is under pressure to quit.

A confidence vote is scheduled for February 22 but opposition politicians have launched a court action to force the vote to bring it forward to this week.

Jackson Mthembu, the ANC chief whip, said parliament would now vote on a no-confidence motion on Thursday. He has emerged unscathed in a slew of no-confidence votes over the years despite the extraordinary number of corruption allegations against him, counting on the ANC's dominance in parliament to shield him.

Zuma's fall is welcome-but South African workers need a complete break from the policy of working in alliance with big business.

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