South African President Jacob Zuma has been told to step down by his own party, according to multiple reports. The ANC’s top leadership met late into the night to debate the matter before sending a delegation to Mr Zuma. But even if the president has been ordered to quit, there’s no guarantee that he will.
There has been no word yet from Mr Zuma, who could choose to ignore the ANC and take the matter to parliament. The ANC has not announced its decision officially. But it’s understood the party is now preparing for a vote of no-confidence in the president. A motion by opposition parties is already in place. These are dramatic, anxious times for South Africa, as a leader engulfed by corruption scandals seeks to cling onto power.
It’s being reported that Mr Zuma was demanding another three months in office, but that his successor – the new leader of the ANC Cyril Ramaphosa – said no.