In an effort to overthrow a leader surrounded by corruption accusations, the African National Congress (ANC) will hold a special meeting to decide President Jacob Zuma’s fate. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa replaced Zuma as the leader of the ruling party in December after which he no longer holds a prominent position in the party.
On the talks of handover of power, the ANC leader said, “The National Executive Committee of the ANC will be meeting tomorrow to discuss this very matter, and because our people want this matter to be finalised, the NEC will be doing precisely that.” NEC is the party’s National Executive Committee which has the authority to demand Jacob Zuma to step-down. The 65-year-old also said that he and Zuma were in direct talks over the transfer of power.
Jacob Zuma took over the affairs of the party in 2008 after replacing Thabo Mbeki and has been involved in scandals ever since. He is fighting the reinstatement of 783 counts of corruption over a government arms deal arranged in the late 1990s when he was Deputy President of South Africa. The deal is said to be worth 30 billion-rand (now $2.5 billion).
Zuma survived calls by some members of the NEC to quit last year and sources say that a larger section of the party wants him out already even though his term as president officially ends in mid-2019.
Jacob Zuma has not publicly said whether he will step down voluntarily but there are strong signs that he could be shown the door before his second term as president ends next year, especially if the NEC intervenes.
The Gupta family, friends of Zuma say that people within the ANC and the opposition have used their links with the president to win state contracts and influence cabinet appointments and have denied any wrong doings.