Jacob Zuma, the President of South Africa, Zuma is under growing pressure to resign and handover to Cyril Ramaphosa, his deputy and African National Congress party leader, but local media have suggested Zuma is holding on for a favorable exit deal.
EFF leader Julius Malema‚ commenting on the announcement on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, that the state of the nation address had been postponed‚ says President Jacob Zuma’s resignation is imminent.
Malema said most ANC national working committee members who met on Monday had spoken “in favour of his removal”.
He will resign anytime from now
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) February 6, 2018
After refusing to vacate his office, President Jacob Zuma has reportedly agreed to resign as head of state, just hours after meeting ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa at a “constructive meeting” in Cape Town.
Zuma initially refused to resign after meeting with the ANC’s top six officials on Monday, and after the party convened a special national working committee, NWC, meeting on Tuesday, a decision on his fate was expected to be made on Wednesday.
Zuma had bowed to pressure and made a last minute deal with Ramaphosa after the entire NWC agreed that he should resign.
Ramaphosa told NWC members that “he had tried to his best” in his engagements with Zuma and asked “anyone with a direct line to him to talk to him” – according to members of the committee who attended the meeting.
ANC deputy president David Mabuza was angry during the NWC meeting, said a committee member, who spoke to the Mail & Guardian on condition of anonymity.
“Mabuza was complaining that the president humiliated them. Mabuza said Zuma is a deployee, he must be recalled,” the committee member said.
Ramaphosa’s meeting with Zuma on Tuesday evening led to the the ANC president postponing the national executive committee meeting until February 17.
These developments come just days before the motion of no confidence in Zuma will be tabled in Parliament by the Economic Freedom Fighters, EFF.
News of Zuma’s refusal to resign and behind the scenes negotiations were marred by fake announcements making the rounds on social media. A WhatsApp message began to circulate on Tuesday night, claiming Zuma would be delivering his resignation on SABC at 7pm. This was denied by the ANC.
Another erroneous media alert claiming Russian President Vladimir Putin was en route to South Africa for an official state visit with Zuma was quickly dismissed as false.
The presidency denied its veracity, saying no advertisements of the official visit were posted on its website.
Putin is believed to support Zuma and hold a vested interest in South Africa’s planned nuclear energy plant.
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