South Africa's Ruling Party Urges Zuma to Leave Presidency

Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's deputy president and newly elected president of the ruling African National Congress, says he will tackle corruption in the country

Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's deputy president and newly elected president of the ruling African National Congress, says he will tackle corruption in the country

The urgently called meeting, started at 14:00 on Monday and ended at 03:00 on Tuesday.

The three Gupta brothers are believed to have brokered secret deals to influence Cabinet appointments and to be favored in business deals with guaranteed cuts for the Zuma family.

Magashule described the meeting as "very cordial". "He hasn't been told yet", the source said.

After almost 10 hours of heated debate, Ramaphosa and Magashule left the meeting shortly before midnight to drive to the president's official residence to deliver an ultimatum: stand down or face "recall", a technical term for the process of forcing an ANC official to leave their post.

Mr. Ramaphosa said last week that he was engaged in direct talks with Mr. Zuma over a transition, but he has given no details about what they discussed.

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But Zuma has refused to go despite months of negotiations.

The committee had earlier instructed the party president, Cyril Ramaphosa, to visit the South African president - at his residence - to personally request his resignation.

Since then even some members of his inner circle have joined the call for him to step down. He was disrespecting the organisation.

If Zuma refuses to step down and faces off against the ANC leadership in a vote of no confidence, he could lose any terms agreed upon.

The accusations, coupled with a troubled economy, have made Zuma widely unpopular and weakened the ANC's once-firm grip on national politics.

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The ruling ANC can recall the head of state- Zuma by forcing him to resign, but the process is a party-level instruction and he is under no constitutional obligation to obey.

A press conference has been announced at the ANC headquarters here later on Tuesday.

Another asked: "What was the rush?" The decision was reached after an intense 13-hour long deliberation and a one on one meeting between Zuma and deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

Reuters reports: "The raid marks a dramatic escalation in the pressure on Zuma and the political faction around him accused of milking state resources for their own ends".

The most obvious option left for the ANC should Zuma decide not follow the party's directive for his recall would be to vote him out of office in a motion of no confidence.

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An opposition-sponsored motion of no confidence in Zuma had been scheduled for February 22, but the ruling party joined opposition leaders in pushing for the date to be moved to this week in a rare show of unity among rival political factions.

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