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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.

Kenyatta visits South Africa

President Uhuru Kenyatta will on January, 11 make an official visit to South Africa in his first foreign trip since he was sworn-in for a second term.

According to State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu, President Kenyatta will hold talks with his counterpart Jacob Zuma, in the Indian Ocean city of Durban centered on bilateral and pan-African issues.

Manoah Esipisu added, the  leaders will be discussing possibilities of enhancing the existing cooperation in trade, security, and in developing of infrastructures.

 

 

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.

 

 

South Africa chairs BRICS

South Africa stepping in to chair the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa – from  January 1, 2018.  The decision has been taken at recent summit of members of BRICS association in Xiamen, China, in September 2017.

Vice President of BRICS New Development Bank, Leslie Maasdorp, said to Russian TASS news agency, that the South African government has not submitted the objectives and agenda of its chairmanship.

However one can presume the priorities of South Africa’s policy following its record of co-operation with the BRICS partners, formally shaping their agenda at the joint events in 2018, guided by the President Jacob Zuma’s speech at a special session of the BRICS Business Council held in September 2017 during the 9th summit in Xiamen.

Efforts to promote economic development and growth, increase trade volumes and attract investment to the industrial sector of South Africa’s economy are identified as the key objectives for the country’s participation in this format at that time. There are also expectations of investment in industry, following government’s plans support the creation of new jobs, poverty reduction.

 

 

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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