Zuma's future to be known in coming days

Zuma's future to be known in coming days

Zuma's future to be known in coming days

Meanwhile, at Tuynhuys, Zuma was holding Cabinet committee meetings with select government clusters this week, with ANC president and deputy president of the country Cyril Ramaphosa also in attendance.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has also urged him to step down.

Long-term voting trends indicate declining support for the ANC and, as things stand, a divided ANC remains an easy target for opposition parties.

The power struggle has brought much of government grinding to a halt, postponing indefinitely the ceremonial opening of parliament, due tomorrow, and threatening to tarnish further the image of the ANC, ...

Ramaphosa said direct talks were an opportunity to reach an agreement without spreading discord or division.

Opposition leaders will meet on Monday to discuss a scheduled motion of no confidence in Zuma on February 22 as well as parliament's mandate to elect a new president in the event that Zuma is removed, the parties said.

Parliament cancelled it out of concern over "calls for disruption", according to speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete.

The address is always made by the sitting president, and is the political event of the year in South Africa.

They've started calling it "Zexit" here - the long, fractious process of nudging President Jacob Zuma out of his job. They are said to have failed to convince him to stand aside then.

The disputed announcements Tuesday illustrate the uncertainty in South Africa, where Zuma faces pressure to resign over alleged corruption.

Zuma had vowed to serve in the presidency till the end of his second term in 2019. Many former supporters in the ruling party want him to go.

The Democratic Alliance could not immediately confirm whether it would participate in the planned march.

Zuma has been embroiled in scandals for years, paying back some state money following multi-million-dollar upgrades to his private home, being criticized for his association with the Gupta business family accused of looting state enterprises and influencing Cabinet ministers for their own benefit, and now facing the possible reinstatement of corruption charges tied to an arms deal two decades ago. In South Africa, it has become known as "state capture".

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