S. Africa's ANC says no date set for recalling Zuma

Posted January 24, 2018

A report by The Guardian late on Monday reiterated that plans are in place to oust Zuma within the next two weeks, despite comments from secretary general Ace Magashule that NEC had not yet made a decision on the future of the current president.

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said on Tuesday she had met with South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos and agreed that structural challenges were a burden to economic growth in Africa's largest economy.

Although Cyril Ramaphosa was elected by ANC National Conference delegates, many outside that conference hoped he would defeat Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma because he represented a potential beginning of the defeat of the various strands of Jacob Zuma's rule, affecting not only the ANC but the state itself. "The NEC has issued a statement on the totality of discussions yesterday", the ANC spokeswoman said.

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Zuma, 75, could leave office either by resigning, through losing a motion of no-confidence in parliament or impeachment proceedings.

Zuma's public diary indicates that he would deliver the state of the nation address on February 8.

"It is a delicate procedure to engineer an early retirement for President Zuma", political analyst Daniel Silke told AFP. Zuma faces multiple court cases for alleged corruption, including over 783 payments he received over an arms deal before he came to power.

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Senators resumed debate Saturday afternoon on a temporary spending bill that would fund the government through February 8. But he also said, "The question is, when do you use it". "Unfortunately some on the other side may be doing just that".

Gigaba has been speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday.

Four days ago, the Deputy President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa called on prosecutors to hasten action in pursuit of a firm owned by friends of the scandal-plagued leader. Zuma's closest allies still hold senior positions in the party, and he could in theory remain president until the 2019 election that marks the end of his second and final term in office.

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