ANC set to oust President Jacob Zuma in no-confidence motion

ANC set to oust President Jacob Zuma in no-confidence motion

On Tuesday, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) ordered Zuma to step down as president of the country, giving him no firm deadline but saying the party was sure he would comply and "respond" on Wednesday.

The NEC convened a special meeting on Monday in Pretoria.

African National Congress (ANC) general secretary Ace Magashule said on Tuesday that despite "exhaustive discussions", they had failed to agree a timetable for Mr Zuma's departure.

For years, the ANC has put party unity first, even as it became apparent that Zuma was an electoral liability.

The 75-year-old faces more than 780 allegations of corruption relating to a 1990s arms deal.

Zuma's presidency has been marred by corruption scandals, slow economic growth and record unemployment that have fuelled public anger.

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The battle was bitter, closely-fought and high stakes - the victor could be expected to become the head of state and then lead the ANC into elections in 2019.

Attempts on Tuesday night to obtain comment from Presidency spokesman Bongani Ngqulunga were unsuccessful.

But this week the SACP has also said there must be a "speedy reconfiguration of the Alliance, principled and programmatic unity to ensure that a reconfigured ANC headed Alliance decisively wins elections in 2019 and beyond".

ANC chairman Gwede Mantashe told a meeting in the Eastern Cape province that the party had given Zuma an ultimatum to resign or face a motion of no-confidence, the Independent online news service reported.

Magashule also said that President Jacob Zuma agreed in principle to resign, proposing a notice period of 3 to 6 months.

Zuma spoke after the ANC announced it's preparing to hold a vote of no confidence in him on Thursday and to elect a new president.

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Opposition parties in parliament have called for the motion of no-confidence in President Jacob Zuma‚ scheduled for February 22‚ to be brought forward to this week.

Zuma's links to the super-rich Gupta family lie behind his downfall.

South African media is calling President Zuma's seemingly inevitable exit "Zexit".

South Africa's elite police unit today arrested three people as they raided the posh home of India-born Guptas, a controversial business family linked to embattled President Jacob Zuma, who is under pressure to quit.

In an interview with state broadcaster SABC, Zuma delivered a rambling monologue in which he denied any wrongdoing.

"I have got mixed feelings", said Johan Van Vuren, 32, a photographer in Johannesburg.

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Zuma's entire cabinet would have to step down if such a vote went through.

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