ANC ups pressure on Zuma

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's ruling party has called a meeting of its top body for Wednesday, amid growing pressure on President Jacob Zuma to stand down.

In a statement, the ANC said the meeting would discuss the "management of the transition" between the Zuma administration and the next one.

On Monday, senior politicians held an emergency meeting in Johannesburg to discuss Mr Zuma's future.

The president has resisted calls to quit over corruption allegations.

Mr Zuma, 75, was replaced as party leader by his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, 65, in December.

Mr Ramaphosa is now the front-runner to succeed him as president.

An ANC spokeswoman told Reuters news agency that the removal of President Zuma was not on the agenda at Monday's meeting.

The president, in power since 2009, is due to make a state of the nation address on Thursday, and some in the party want Mr Zuma to leave office ahead of that speech.

On Wednesday the ANC's National Executive Committee will meet.

If the committee agrees to recall Mr Zuma, the BBC's Andrew Harding says, it would be very hard for him to resist.

He might even face a no-confidence motion in parliament the next day, our correspondent adds.

Mr Zuma, who spent time in prison for his part in the fight against apartheid, met the ANC's top six on Sunday. They are said to have failed to convince him to stand aside.

Julius Malema, an opposition leader and former ANC member, said on Twitter that Mr Zuma had refused to go early.

Comments (2)

The ghost of Mbeki coming back to haunt him.

meso - 6 February 2018

What goes around comes around , I think it's a good lesson to politicians .

Mudhara - 7 February 2018

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