Zuma on the brink as S.Africa police target his allies

Saul Bowman
February 14, 2018

Past year the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that he must face 18 counts of corruption, fraud, racketeering and money-laundering relating to a 1999 arms deal.

"The rand is definitely pricing-in the removal of Zuma but it is showing some signs of rotation as the saga carries on", said analyst IG Group Shaun Murison.

However, while some sources claimed that Zuma was given an instruction to resign as president within 48 hours, ANC secretary-general Ace Magashula insisted the president had been given no deadline when he announced the recall on Tuesday.

"Zuma can fight the recall via the National Assembly process but the eventual result will be the same". Opposition parties are calling for another vote of no confidence against Zuma next week.

If Zuma resigns, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa would become acting president.

Zuma and the Guptas deny wrongdoing. Magashule said Zuma asked for three to six months to complete the job, but said the party felt that was too long, given his sinking approval ratings as critical elections approach next year.

Members of the wealthy family, who own several businesses in the country, are increasing their fortune through relationship with President Zuma.

Ruling party leaders outlined a speedy timetable, with Ramaphosa set to be elected in parliament to succeed Zuma in time to deliver the delayed state of the nation address on Friday evening. The ANC wants parliament to vote Thursday on a motion of no confidence if he doesn't resign Wednesday.

Cape Town - The Presidency had initially planned to hold a media briefing for President Jacob Zuma at the Union Building at 10:00 on Wednesday, but the request was later withdrawn, an official email shows.

Jackson Mthembu, a senior official in the African National Congress, says the party wants to resolve the country's leadership turmoil as soon as possible.

In 2016, the country's Constitutional Court ruled unanimously that Zuma was liable for some of the $20 million in public funds spent on an upgrade to his private residence.

Zuma also faces a February 22 no-confidence vote tabled by the Economic Freedom Fighters, an ultra-left opposition party, though analysts say the ANC would prefer to oust Zuma via its own motion of no-confidence.

Earlier another NGO, Business Leadership South Africa, also welcomed Magashule's comments, and urged the ANC's new leadership to act swiftly but constitutionally in removing their "deployee" from the high office.

The document was just one of the many dramas gripping Pretoria and Johannesburg, South Africa's political and commercial capitals, as the net closed in on Zuma and his allies.

Heavily armed South African police raided the luxury home of the Gupta family on Wednesday as part of a probe into allegations the three brothers had corrupt links with President Jacob Zuma, who has been ordered by the ruling ANC to quit as head of state.

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