S. African president faces top ruling party officials

S Africa's Zuma faces another no confidence vote

The speaker of parliament said on Friday that Mr Zuma would face a fresh no-confidence motion on February 22.

On Friday, parliament speaker Baleka Mbete agreed to a request from the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) for a motion of no-confidence, though she refused to hold the vote before the president's state of the nation address on February 8, and scheduled it for February 22.

Party officials were mandated by the ANC national working committee last week to meet Zuma and ask him to step down, after a national executive committee meeting earlier agreed that the officials should manage his exit.

"They are saying as the ANC top six it would be ideal to deal with it before he faces a vote of no confidence".

A beleaguered Zuma is this evening expected to meet with the top six officials of the ANC at his presidential home of Mahlamba Ndlopfu in Pretoria, where his future as the president of the country is expected to be discussed.




The organisation said this year's SONA can be an address that honours the decorum and dignity of the House, and one that sets the tone and shows that government, and indeed the ruling party, is serious about dealing with corruption and tackling state capture.

Zuma has survived several no-confidence votes during his rule thanks to loyal voting by ANC lawmakers, who form a strong parliamentary majority.

The party's new leader, Cyril Ramaphosa, won't be among those in the meeting, the Times says, citing people inside the ANC. Ramaphosa succeeded Zuma to take over the helm of the ANC in December. Although Zuma retains the support of a faction within the ANC, he no longer holds a top post.

On the other hand, Zuma has become a liability and many members want the president to leave soon so the ANC, can rebuild ahead of 2019 elections.

Opposition leader Julius Malema, a former ANC member, said Mr Zuma had refused to resign at the meeting late on Sunday.

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