Monday, February 26, 2018
News

South Africa's ANC decides to remove Zuma as head of state -source

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

By Alexander Winning and James MachariaPRETORIA/JOHANNESBURG | Tuesday, Feb 13 2018 IST
 
South Africa's African National Congress party executive committee has decided to "recall," or remove, President Jacob Zuma as head of state, a senior ANC source told Reuters on Tuesday, after a 13-hour meeting of the party's top leadership.

Since Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was elected party leader in December, Zuma has faced mounting calls from his party to end his scandal-plagued second term due to run out mid-2019.

The party's executive committee has the authority to order Zuma to step down as head of state, although there is domestic media speculation that he might refuse.

"We decided to recall Zuma. He hasn't been told yet," the senior ANC source said.

"Cyril went to speak with him," the source said, adding that when Ramaphosa returned, "the discussions were tense and difficult on whether to recall Zuma."ANC officials and Zuma's spokesman could not be reached for comment.

When Ramaphosa went to meet Zuma, the SABC state broadcaster, citing sources, reported that the ANC's executive group had given Zuma 48 hours to resign as head of state.

Zuma's tenure as president officially runs until mid-2019 and he has not said in public whether he will step down voluntarily.

Since becoming president in 2009, Zuma has been dogged by scandal.

Ramaphosa has put the focus on rooting out corruption and revitalising economic growth since defeating Zuma's preferred successor, Zuma's ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, in the ANC leadership race.

REUTERS PS 0737

-- (Reuters) -- C-1-1-DL0421-1247923.Xml

Watch News Videos

 
  LATEST COMMENTS (0)
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
MORE WORLD NEWS
7.5 magnitude earthquake hits Papua New ...
16 Turkish women sentenced to death in I...
Four critical after UK blast...
Top Democrat defends Russia memo as Trum...
PTI supporters mock Reham Khan after her...
Sacred Jerusalem church shut after dispu...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
RS polls: Horse trading, counter strateg...
PM's visit will galvanize Puducherry adm...
India gets first all-women non-suburban ...
KCR Govt to allocate Rs. 12,000 cr for c...
Bangladesh court orders former PM's arre...
'Deep State' ensures Pakistan's politica...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
Trump's approval rating at lowest p... 
7th round of NAFTA talks begin in M... 
Neymar will bring Brazil World Cup ... 
Stir up cocktails, impress guests a... 
UN resolution on Syria won't affect... 
Netanyahu thanks Trump for scheduli... 
7.5-magnitude quake rocks Papua New... 
'Ready to work with Russia to stop ...