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Zuma Calls South African ANC's Push for Him to Resign 'Unfair'

Zuma Calls South African ANC's Push for Him to Resign 'Unfair'

"A disciplined cadre of the ANC, you are given a chance to resign on your own, but if you lack discipline you will resist", party chairman Gwede Mantashe said at a provincial rally, according to South African media.

"We have now left the compound".

Hawks spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi said the raid was part of a probe into allegations of influence peddling in the government.

The caucus was addressed by ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile and coincides with the arrest of three people linked to the Hawks' state capture investigation.

South African President Jacob Zuma said the push by his ruling party for him to resign is "unfair", in his first television interview since the African National Congress chose to replace him as the nation's leader.

Zuma's silence has fuelled speculation of an increasingly desperate power struggle behind the scenes with deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, whose election to the head of ANC in December marked the beginning of the end of Zuma's tenure.

The ANC's national executive committee reached the decision in the early hours of Tuesday after meeting for 13 hours at a hotel outside Pretoria.

Mr Zuma, 75, agreed to step down, but only in the next three to six months, the official added.

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Local media reported that Zuma was pushing for an exit deal that included covering his potentially ruinous legal fees from prolonged court battles against multiple criminal charges.

South Africa's state broadcaster, SABC, said a Gupta family member was among those detained.

"South Africans are wiser now than yesterday, they will not fight for somebody to be in a chair, they are not benefiting because of one person being a president", he said. "It happened before but I found it very odd to be told by my organisation that I must go", the president said.

Already the political impasse gripping South Africa has forced the unprecedented decision to postpone the annual state-of-the-nation speech.

To recall its deployee, Comrade Jacob Zuma, in accordance with Rule 12.2.21.2 of the ANC Constitution, which accords the NEC the authority to "recall any public representative".

"The era of Jacob Zuma's presidency will be known as a period of personal enrichment, excessive political appointments and interference in the economy that was never in the best interests of the country, giving rise to shameless corruption, gross maladministration and incompetence". Lawmakers would then elect a new president immediately after the vote.

In local polls in 2016, the ANC recorded its worst electoral result since coming to power in 1994.

He insisted that the ANC cannot sort out the mess it has created merely by recalling the president: "The ANC can't come now and offer a [sacrificial] lamb of Jacob Zuma and think it will absolve them of all their sins".


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