#ZumaExit: ANC to kick Zuma out

Jacob Zuma

Jacob Zuma

Dr Groenewald says that Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, president of the ANC, is busy losing his power footing in the ANC and that he missed a golden opportunity when a meeting of the ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) was cancelled this past Wednesday.

The leader of South Africa's ruling party has acknowledged growing impatience over the failure to resolve President Jacob Zuma's future.

Ramaphosa hinted that the ANC was not successful in negotiating a graceful exit deal with Zuma and that the NEC meeting will recall him tomorrow.

The Zuma family has released a statement apologising for the comments of first lady Thobeka Madiba-Zuma which she made on social media on Friday. That drama is getting serious indeed, with reports of fistfights breaking out this week between the Zuma and Ramaphosa factions of the party.

The Sunday Times has also learnt that Ramaphosa intends to appoint Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu as his deputy when he becomes president.

Mr Zuma's presidency has - at most - 14 months left to run.

"We want everyone, on Monday, to stay away from work until Zuma steps down", said Maumela.

Zuma has overseen a tumultuous nine years in power marked by economic decline and numerous allegations of corruption.

Ramaphosa also took the opportunity to stress the ANC's unity.

Ruling party leaders are uncomfortable with the idea of backing an opposition motion, fueling speculation that the ANC will make an internal decision to remove Zuma in the same way that President Thabo Mbeki was ousted in 2008 during his second term.

"We can not condone or allow Zuma to escape accountability for breaking his oath of office and putting his friends and family above the best interests of the people of South Africa", said James Selfe, the party's federal council chairperson.

Zuma had been holding over Ramaphosa's head the unhappy prospect - for ANC and for Ramaphosa as its leader - of a mass defection of arch tribalists who feel closer to Zuma as a fellow Zulu than they do to the party.

Numerous recent graft allegations against Zuma are linked to the Guptas, a wealthy Indian business family accused of improperly winning government contracts and influencing cabinet appointments.

Instead, Zuma was told his struggle credentials would count in his favour - but he would still have to be tried.

The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi: "There are several issues relating to the removal of Zuma, including mass mobilisation, that will form part of the discussions, amongst other things".

And there is evidence that Ramaphosa's promise to clean up corruption is being fulfilled. "Whether it takes a week or just a few days, the end is nigh for Jacob Zuma".

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