South African ruling party debates fate of president

  • South African ruling party debates fate of president

South African ruling party debates fate of president

Zuma, 75, goes into the meeting of the committee facing an unprecedented level of opposition from within the African National Congress and its labor and communist supporters following a series of scandals he's faced since he took office in 2009.

Although the weekend's NEC meeting was not the first to debate Zuma's fate, insiders said opposition to him had increased.

It's the second time in six months that Zuma has survived an open revolt from within his organization.

The ANC ordered his administration to reverse the reappointment of the head of the state electricity utility, who's been implicated alongside the president in a graft probe.

Zuma is also said to have slammed the Gauteng ANC for blaming him for the party's electoral decline, reminding the province that it had refused to distribute T-shirts bearing his name for the 2016 local government electoral campaign. He would step down at the party's elective conference in December, he reportedly said.

With its decision on Zuma, the ruling party figuratively showed a middle finger to the opposition parties, civil society and senior ANC members - including its own stalwarts and veterans who had been calling for Zuma to go. As soon as trade opened at 21:00 on Sunday, the volatile emerging market currency made instant gains of almost 2% to trade at R12.66/$ on news that Zuma's party was debating his future.

As the news of the move broke, Johannesburg's City Press newspaper published what it said were emails revealing the indebtedness of Mr. Zuma and his allies to the controversial Gupta family of Johannesburg.

Two NEC members confirmed to News24 that Zuma had survived.

The motion was proposed by party member Joel Netshitenzhe, and it was supported by the health minister and his deputy, as well as the former tourism minister, reported the News24 website.

"He was very angry".

The NEC stood by Zuma at a similar meeting in November.

The ANC is expected to hold a media briefing on Monday, on the outcome of the NEC meeting.

The letter calls on the NEC to remember what Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng had said about the conduct required - in terms of the Constitution - of Zuma and parliamentary members when he delivered his judgment on Nkandla a year ago.

"I am happy to inform you that my family has decided to make the UAE a second home", the president was quoted as saying in the letter.