#ZumaMustGo: NEC meeting on Zuma's fate dragging on

Cyril Ramaphosa elected as South Africa's new president after Jacob Zuma quit

Cyril Ramaphosa elected as South Africa's new president after Jacob Zuma quit

During a 13-hour marathon in Pretoria on Monday, the ANC's executive committee tried to end a prolonged standoff with Zuma, who has proposed to resign within three to six months.

The move comes after weeks of mounting pressure for Zuma to resign after nine years as president, which have been "marred by economic decline and multiple charges of corruption", The Guardian says.

Opposition parties in parliament have called for the motion of no-confidence in President Jacob Zuma‚ scheduled for February 22‚ to be brought forward to this week.

The leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance party, Mmusi Maimane, maintained they were calling for early elections because the factionalism in the ANC was holding the country to ransom. Zuma pioneered South Africa's entry to join the Brazil, Russia, India and China group.

The NEC meeting in a Pretoria hotel had all the ingredients for a showdown between Zuma stalwarts and those backing a swift transfer of power to deputy state president Mr Ramaphosa.

The rand raced to R11.79/$ as the governing party announced it will vote on a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma on Thursday.

However, Gigaba said should Zuma refuse to resign the NEC would employ "mechanisms" it put in place to address such an eventuality.

Zuma was elected president in 2009.

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The meeting was called after it became clear over that almost five days of talks between Zuma, who has been the President since 2009, and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who took over the ANC's leadership in December, had failed.

If Zuma resists, he will face a vote of no confidence in parliament.

"We haven't given him any deadline to respond (but) when we recall our (president), we expect (him) to do what the organization expects him to do".

"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", Ramaphosa said.

"One of Zuma's sons works for the Guptas, as do the children of other high ranking officials".

Zuma's second and final term was due to end around mid-2019.

The country's top court also ruled in 2016 that the President had violated the constitution when he used state funds to pay for multi-million dollar upgrades to his private home.

In October, South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal moved to reopen almost 800 corruption charges against Zuma, related to a $2 billion government arms deal in the 1990s.

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