South Africa police raid Jacob Zuma's allies family home

  • South Africa police raid Jacob Zuma's allies family home

South Africa police raid Jacob Zuma's allies family home

The struggle for power in South Africa intensified Wednesday as President Jacob Zuma raged against a resignation order from his own party ahead of a vote in parliament set to throw him out of office.

South African experts expressed mixed reactions to the recall of President Jacob Zuma by his party, the African National Congress (ANC).

The ANC's leadership committee met for 13 hours at a hotel outside Pretoria, and decided in the early hours of Tuesday to "recall" Zuma from his post.

He added that it will be the first time he will defy the African National Congress leadership since he is yet to be convinced about the matters the party has raised.

Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance party called the recall an "internal ANC resolution, nothing more". That decision can't change.

The ANC said on Tuesday that he had agreed in principle to step down, but only if he could oversee a transition lasting three to six months, a condition the ANC rejected. "I now agree that he should step down, because the ANC has taken the decision, which we have to respect".

Pressure has mounted on Zuma to quit since Ramaphosa took over as ANC head in December, defeating the president's ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamina-Zuma.

Zuma has faced a series of corruption allegations, including the misuse of public funds.

President Zuma has been forced into a tight corner to tender his resignation as head of state.

Mr Ramaphosa, a union-boss-turned-tycoon who decries the corruption that has mushroomed under Mr Zuma, is now South Africa's president-in-waiting. It was felt that the president of the party also should be president of the country, he said.

Nkomfe said civil society welcomed the "belated" action by the NEC but demanded that ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa go much further.

He said Ramaphosa would deliver the state of the nation address to Parliament in coming weeks.

"Zuma's recall definitely improves the ANC's image towards the 2019 election", he added.

"President Zuma has since been treated as a scapegoat", Seepe said.

"We cant wait. It's not fair to South Africans". This would not be a bad thing, given how many of Mr Zuma's cronies still hold senior positions.

It wants to project a fresh image for next year's general election.

Zuma joined the ANC in 1959, headed the intelligence arm of the ANC's underground military wing and was jailed for 10 years on Robben Island for his activities against the apartheid government. Although it would be painful for the ANC to back an opposition motion, the ruling party may have little choice.

Ramaphosa a year ago accused Zuma of rape.

Mr Zuma has survived other such votes but he is not expected to pull it off again. "We hoped that the president will see reason and step down himself". Zuma's spokesman says he won't challenge his recall in the courts and will respond on Wednesday.