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South Africa: ANC leaders meet to decide on President Zuma's future

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South Africa: ANC leaders meet to decide on President Zuma's future by jadoo(m) : 12:50 am On Feb 12

Leaders of South Africa's governing ANC party are expected to meet to determine the future of President Jacob Zuma.

The National Executive Committee (NEC) is very likely to ask him to resign, says BBC Africa Correspondent Andrew Harding.

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged on Sunday that the problem was inducing "disunity and discord".

Mr Zuma, 75, faces several corruption charges after nine years in power.

"We know you want closure", Mr Ramaphosa told a crowd marking 100 years since the birth of the nation's first black president, Nelson Mandela.

An NEC meeting was called off last week after direct talks between Mr Zuma and Mr Ramaphosa, who's the deputy president as well as the new leader of the party.

Mr Zuma has resisted increasing pressure to quit since December when Mr Ramaphosa replaced him as leader of the ANC (African National Congress).

Correspondents say that in the event the NEC agrees to recall Mr Zuma, it would be quite difficult for him to resist.

"As you have all heard, the National Executive Committee of the ANC will be meeting tomorrow... and because our people want this matter to be finalised, the NEC will be doing precisely that," Mr Ramaphosa told the rally in Cape Town.

He acknowledged the ANC was suffering "a period of difficulty, disunity and discord" and said he wanted to replace it with "a new beginning".

He pledged to tackle the corruption that has marred Mr Zuma's time in office.

Source: https://aderonkebamidele.com/south-africa-anc-leaders-meet-to-decide-on-president-zumas-future/

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