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SA president Jacob Zuma could quit within days

09 February 2018

African National Congress (ANC) secretary general Ace Magashule and ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu shed no light on discussions which took place in the ANC caucus meeting on Thursday about the future of President Jacob Zuma. "He can't tell us what to do", he said.

Since Ramaphosa became the ANC leader, the rand has been the best performer in the world, with investors expecting that Zuma would be replaced early and that the new administration would do a better job of managing the economy.

Facing a no-confidence motion in parliament set for February 22, Zuma has survived several attempts to oust him in the past.

"The discussions [on Tuesday night] were constructive and lay the basis for a speedy resolution of the matter in the interests of the country and its people", Mr Ramaphosa said. No election of a new president in the National Assembly is needed; it could just simply be acting president Cyril Ramaphosa, now South Africa's deputy president and the ANC's president.

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Although Mr Zuma retains the support of a faction within the ANC, he no longer holds a top post.

"Our view is that if the president doesn't want to resign, for whatever reason, we have a party to run that is going to be very soon in the election campaign", Mashatile said.

Julius Malema, leader of the radical opposition Economic Freedom Fighters party which has been at the forefront of disrupting Mr Zuma's previous state-of-the-nation addresses, said in a tweet that "the postponement.is a declaration of a crisis, the masses must take over now".

The National Prosecuting Authority is in the coming weeks expected to decide whether or not to reinstate about 783 charges of corruption‚ racketeering and money laundering against Zuma after he filed fresh representations against the charges last week.

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Other unconfirmed reports from Sunday's meeting say that Mr Zuma asked for protection from prosecution for himself and his family.

On Monday, senior ANC officials held an emergency meeting in the main city, Johannesburg, to discuss his future. ANC credibility will be on the line if opposition parties are the ones to initiate the presidents departure and the leading political party would be concerned about its effect on the 2019 presidential elections.

On Wednesday Ramaphosa said talks about a leadership transition were continuing and would be finalised in a matter of days, leaving the nation in political limbo. Cyril Ramaphosa can not talk anti-corruption yet broker an amnesty deal for the corrupt in the ANC.

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SA president Jacob Zuma could quit within days