South Africa's ANC debating Zuma's exit, no date agreed

South Africa's deputy president mounts pressure on prosecutors to hasten Zuma's probe
We gave them space, but it's time to act

24 January, 2018

The fact that the ANC committee even discussed Mr Zuma leaving is an admission that the president is a "liability", said Mcebisi Ndletyana, a politics professor at the University of Johannesburg.

There has been widespread speculation in local media that the African National Congress' (ANC) 80-member Executive Committee passed a resolution this week calling for the removal of Zuma as South African president.

"There are no timelines. we don't do things that way, we engage, we discuss", Magashule added, saying no final decision had been made on Zuma's departure.

While the ANC's top leadership has decided that Zuma, 75, must leave office - to win back voters and stoke investor confidence in the stagnant economy - without setting a deadline, newly elected party leader Ramaphosa and his supporters have moved decisively on two other fronts.

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"The financial markets have reacted very positively to these and related developments in the ANC, as have numerous disaffected voices who previous year were clamouring for change in the ruling party", said NKC African Economics analyst Gary van Staden. Zuma faces multiple court cases for alleged corruption, including over 783 payments he received over an arms deal before he came to power.

The World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters is scheduled to take place between 23 and 26 January 2018 under the theme: "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World".

Four days ago, the Deputy President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa called on prosecutors to hasten action in pursuit of a firm owned by friends of the scandal-plagued leader. He is a former trade unionist who led talks to end white-minority rule in the early 1990s and then became a multi-millionaire businessman before returning to politics.

Yesterday, Zuma's office released a statement that gave an indication that the state president was going nowhere.

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