ANC Postpones Meeting With Zuma

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"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".

That Zuma recognised the impossibility of delivering the address, something he is reported to have been quite adamant about, is tantamount to acknowledging a misstep in the political manoeuvring.

The ANC recently elected a new party President, Cyril Ramaphosa, who is tipped to take over as Zuma's successor.

Reacting to media reports‚ the DA said it would not "hesitate to approach the courts to stop Ramaphosa" from granting Zuma immunity from prosecution.

"He said to us that discussions on the transition were about ensuring the unity of the ANC and there was no deal-making‚" said one MP.

But the NEC meeting (scheduled for Wednesday), which Mashatile assured investors was being held to recall Zuma was called off at the last minute on Tuesday.

Maimane said he had consulted with the leadership of the Economic Freedom Fighters to push for an urgent anti-Zuma motion of no confidence on February 13.

South Africa had seen "systematic looting" under Mr Zuma's rule, and he "must go sooner rather than later", the foundation said.

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Mothapo added that the 2018 parliamentary programme kicked off on January 7 with the meeting of the subcommittee on the review of the rules of the National Assembly which are convened to deal with amendments of rules governing the impeachment of a sitting president.

Quite why it is proving so hard is still not entirely clear. They are said to have failed to convince him to stand aside.

An announcement on the political fate of South African President Jacob Zuma could come at any moment.

He made it sound as if "Zexit" was now inevitable.

But Zuma loyalists have said that the serving president should complete his second and final term in office, which would end when elections are held next year. Ramaphosa has associated himself with an anti-corruption drive.

Mr Zuma is under growing pressure from members of own party to resign amid corruption allegations.

In recent years his links to the wealthy India-born Gupta family, who are alleged to have influenced the government through their relationship with Mr Zuma, have caused his popularity to plummet. In South Africa, it has become known as "state capture".

Zuma is still fighting almost 800 counts of corruption over an arms deal from the late 1990s and his ties with the Gupta brothers, a family of wealthy Indian-born businessmen, are the subject of a judicial inquiry on grand-level corruption.

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