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#Zexit: ANC Recalls Defiant Jacob Zuma as South Africa President

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ZEXIT: South Africa’s ruling ANC party has decided to recall Jacob Zuma as president.

Jacob Zuma. Courtesy Photo
Jacob Zuma. Courtesy Photo

But Jacob Zuma has refused to resign.

ANC officials are expected to officially ask Zuma to quit the highest office in the land.

Zuma has led South Africa since 2009.

ANC officials met through early Tuesday.

In the event that Zuma, 75, continues defying the ANC position, a vote in parliament will decide his fate.

It is highly unlikely Zuma will win the vote, pundits say.

WHY ANC WANTS ZUMA OUT

In December 2017, ANC replaced Zuma with his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, as party head over corruption allegations.

  • 2016: Court charged Zuma with misuse of state resources on his private home.
  • 2017: The Supreme Court of Appeal charged Zuma with 18 counts of corruption, fraud, racketeering and money laundering. The charges relate to a 1999 arms deal.
  • Linked to corruption deal with wealthy India-born Gupta family

Zuma denied the allegations

But ANC is not convinced.

WHAT IS HAPPENING?

ANC are telling Zuma to step down or be recalled — which just means a formal request by the party to resign.

Reports indicate that Ramaphosa met Zuma on Monday.

So, what if Zuma refuses to step down.

Parliament has already set February 22 as a date for the Zuma Impeachment Vote.

It won’t be the first time Zuma will be facing an impeachment.

But pundits say he might not be lucky this time.

Neither will Zuma be the first one to resign due to party pressure.

Thabo Mbeki, Zuma’s predecessor, resigned after Zuma exerted pressure on him through ANC structures.

Zuma was then Mbeki’s deputy. He took over from his former boss in 2009 — and history seems to be repeating itself.

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