South Africa Waits For President Zuma’s Fate To Be Disclosed

Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA: Jacob Zuma, South Africa's Deputy President, replies to a question 08 June 2005 at the parliament in Cape Town from the opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA) regarding a corruption affair at government level. A South African court sentenced 08 June 2005 a Durban businessman with ties to Deputy President Jacob Zuma to 15 years in prison after finding him guilty of corruption and bribery in a verdict that could undermine the number two's presidential ambitions. Judge Hilary Squires jailed Schabir Shaik for 15 years on two counts of corruption and three years on a third count of fraud, the sentences to run concurrently, at the end of a seven-month trial in the Durban High Court. AFP Photo/ Rodger Bosch (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party will divulge Tuesday the outcome of a marathon conference to contemplate the fate of scandal-besieged President Jacob Zuma.

 

The ANC’s executive committee met in Pretoria for 13 hours Monday in an attempt to end a standoff with Zuma, who is steadfastly resisting pressure to resign.
In a statement, the ANC said it would provide an update on events at the party’s Johannesburg headquarters at 2 p.m. local time Tuesday (7 a.m. ET).
One of the possible outcomes of the meeting could be a decision to “recall” Zuma, which would effectively end the 75-year-old’s presidency.

Supporters of ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa chant slogans outside the ANC party headquarters in Johannesburg, February 5, 2018. Supporters of ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa chant slogans outside the ANC party headquarters in Johannesburg, February 5, 2018.

South Africa’s opposition parties have insisted that a no confidence vote against Zuma must take place in the country’s Parliament this week and have threatened to file charges in the Western Cape High Court if the Speaker of Parliament does not respond by Tuesday morning local time.
They are also pushing for the dissolution of parliament and early elections.
Zuma has clung on through repeated scandals and attempts by opposition parties to remove him. After refusing to resign when pressured by the ANC’s top six leaders, he bought time by negotiating directly with Cyril Ramaphosa, his presumed successor and leader of the party.

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At an ANC rally in Cape Town Sunday, Ramaphosa said Monday’s meeting would “finalize” the matter.

Zuma has been dogged by corruption allegations for years, earning the nickname the “Teflon President.” Last year, South Africa’s Constitutional Court ordered him to repay millions of dollars in public funds spent on refurbishing his private homestead.
He also faces more than 783 allegations of corruption relating to a 1990s arms deal. Zuma denies all the corruption allegations against him.

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Democratic Alliance party leader Mmusi Maimane speaks at an opposition press conference Monday, February 12, 2018.
Zuma’s term had been due to end next year.
Democratic Alliance party leader Mmusi Maimane speaks at an opposition press conference Monday, February 12, 2018.
Democratic Alliance party leader Mmusi Maimane speaks at an opposition press conference Monday, February 12, 2018.
“South Africa can’t be held to ransom,” official opposition leader Mmusi Maimane of the Democratic Alliance said in a news conference Monday.
He called for the immediate removal of Zuma and his “cronies” and rejected any kind of compromise deal that would allow Zuma to step aside peacefully and avoid prosecution.
“We reject any amnesty deal as an insult,” he said.

Maimane said that the Democratic Alliance and other opposition parties agreed to mass action on February 22, the day of a scheduled parliamentary no-confidence vote over Zuma.
“South Africans must flood the streets,” he said.