President Jacob Zuma refuses to step down

President Jacob Zuma refuses to step down

President Jacob Zuma refuses to step down

The top six leaders of the ANC are meeting Zuma on the mandate of the party's highest decision-making structures in between conferences, the national executive committee and the national working committee, after they resolved in the last two weeks that Zuma should step down as head of state and government following his ousting as party president.

In recent weeks, calls for Zuma's removal have increased, with opposition parties asking National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to schedule yet another motion of no confidence in Zuma debate.

The six most senior figures of the governing ANC party arrived one by one on Sunday at President Zuma's residence in Pretoria.

The rand, which tends to strengthen on signs Zuma could leave office, pared losses on the announcement from parliament.

Ramaphosa is in pole position to win an election next year and many in the party want Zuma out so that Ramaphosa can embark on his anti-corruption agenda.

He also said the country's economy was already looking better since Cyril Ramaphosa was elected the liberation movement's president in December.

Zuma has survived several no-confidence votes thanks to his ruling ANC party, which holds the majority in parliament. The Democratic Alliance was unsuccessful in its bid to have the Sona postponed. Although Zuma retains the support of a faction within the ANC, he no longer holds a top post.

According to what was informed, the claim of Zuma will be examined by prosecutor Moipone Noko, who heads the group considering the document and will make recommendations to the national director of that organ, Shaun Abrahams, about whether the president should be tried.

Lukhona Mnguni, political analyst at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, said Zuma could take his chances and wait for the no-confidence motion rather than decide to resign.

ANC spokeswoman Khusela Diko would not confirm or deny the crucial meeting on Sunday.

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