Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Transform RSA warns ANC top brass against removing Zuma

Transform RSA warns ANC top brass against removing Zuma

The South African rand took a hit on Wednesday (10 January 2018) after it became apparent that president Jacob Zuma's early resignation is not on the agenda for the ANC's National Executive Committee meeting set for the weekend.

The 75-year-old president has faced and denied numerous corruption allegations since taking office in 2009 and has survived several votes of no-confidence in parliament.

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President Jacob Zuma's statement, issued on the eve of a high-level ruling party meeting where his fate is a certain topic of discussion, said any further delay will make the public doubt the government's resolve to fight graft.

Zuma's detractors say that his continued tenure as state president will severely hamper the ANC's efforts to decisively win the 2019 elections. "His hand has been forced", said Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance, reported ABC News.

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Ramaphosa, the nation's deputy president, was elected ANC leader by a narrow margin last month, warding off a challenge from Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Zuma's ex-wife and favored successor.

Zuma may have warded off an ouster bid by agreeing to the establishment of a commission headed by a judge nominated by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to investigate the claims that the Guptas had wielded undue control over the state.

The rand has swung between R12.2275 and the upper R12.50s for the first two weeks of the year, pushed and pulled by mostly rumour-fuelled bets of a Zuma resignation before his term ends next year.

Transform RSA was demanding "an unequivocal and unconditional undertaking" by the party and its NEC, allies and partners that there would be no intention to discuss or decide on removing Zuma from office.

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