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Zuma faces ANC pressure to step down

Leaders of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) met to outline the party’s program for the coming year amid reports that its executive planned to force President Jacob Zuma to step do.

Аn ANC spokeswoman declined to comment on a report by broadcaster eNCA saying that its newly-elected National Executive Committee (NEC) had resolved to ask Zuma – whose presidency has been hit by corruption allegations – to resign.

If Zuma refused, the party’s six-strong leadership group would insisted he  steps down the eNCA said.

An anonymous member of the NEC – which met for the first time under new ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa – was quoted by online news site News24 as saying the decision to force Zuma to resign had been unanimous.

Ramaphosa declares “era of unity”

President  of African National Congress (ANC)  Cyril Ramaphosa has described ruling party as the parliament of the people of South Africa, saying ANC leaders will ensure they safeguard and nurture the heritage given to them by their forebears.

“As we take the ANC into an era of unity, an era of renewal, an era of service to the people of our country. We take this opportunity to reaffirm the ANC’s commitment to the values and the principles to which so many of our legends dedicated their love.”

“South Africa is open for investment,” he told tens of thousands of cheering ANC members in a stadium in the Eastern Cape province on Saturday. Through foreign investment “we can grow our economy, create jobs, end poverty,” Ramaphosa ensured.

Ramaphosa (65) a former trade union leader and one of the country’s wealthiest businessmen with personal fortune of USD450 (Forbes) pledged during his campaign for ANC leader to address record unemployment and a sluggish economy. South Africa’s unemployment rate came in at 27.7 percent in the third quarter of 2017, the same as in the previous two quarters and remaining the highest rate in 13 years. The number of unemployed rose to 6.21 million. (Image below: social networks #Soweto slums).

Soweto slums

 

 

Growing rift in ANC over Zuma’ future

The new leader of South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) Cyril Ramaphosa called for unity on amid increasingly polarised opinion over  President Jacob Zuma future.

There is widespread speculation that Ramaphosa and his allies are encouraging ANC members to oust Zuma as head of state without further delay.  However, publicly Ramaphosa as deputy president,  positions  himself as Zuma ally.

Markets have rallied since Ramaphosa narrowly defeated Zuma’s ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in an ANC leadership contest the end of 2017 as investors believe he will tackle rampant political corruption and implement economic reforms.

Zuma’s term doesn’t officially end until 2019 when national elections will be held but he could be removed early through a motion of no confidence in parliament or at meeting of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC). The NEC will meet this week.

 

 

Zuma avoided empeachment

South Africa’s top court ruled that parliament failed to hold President Jacob Zuma to account in a scandal over multi-million-dollar upgrades to his private home, in a decision that intensified opposition calls for the president to be impeached.

The Constitutional Court’s ruling followed its conclusion last year that Zuma violated the constitution when he benefited inappropriately from state funding for his Nkandla home. It was one of a series of scandals that have damaged the reputation of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), the main anti-apartheid movement leading  South Africa since the first all-race elections in 1994.

 Zuma has survived opposition efforts to oust him in votes of no confidence in parliament, where the ANC party has a majority. Frustrated by setbacks in the National Assembly, the opposition went to court as part of their campaign to impeach Zuma, who has lost support even among ruling party loyalists.

Earlier this month Zuma has been replaced as party leader by deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, known one of the richest people in South Africa, with an estimated net worth of more than $450 million. Cyril Ramaphosa is also known as a critic of the corruption that has undermined South Africa’s economy.

“We conclude that the Assembly did not hold the president to account,” said Chris Jafta, a Constitutional Court judge who read out the ruling.

He called for parliament to institute rules that would provide for a president’s removal. Parliament said in a statement that it would comply with the instruction.

The Democratic Alliance, South Africa’s main opposition party, said its motion to impeach Zuma should be debated in parliament “as soon as reasonably possible.”

The court ruling cited a constitutional provision says parliament “may remove” a president from office by a two-thirds majority for a “serious violation” of the law, as well as a separate requirement that constitutional obligations must be “performed diligently and without delay.”

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng disagreed with the majority ruling, describing it as judicial overreach.

The ANC ruling party said it will study the ruling and discuss it at a high-level meeting on January 10 after holiday.

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