South Africa's ruling party could replace Zuma on Thursday

President of South Africa Jacob Zuma gestures during the 54th National Conference of the ruling African National Congress at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg South Africa

Ace Magashule, the scribe of the ANC, had told a news conference that Zuma would respond by Wednesday on the decision to "recall" him.

Cape Town - The noose tightened on President Jacob Zuma as the police went after key allies while leaders of the ruling African National Congress vowed to force him from office.

Within 30 days of Zuma's resignation, South Africa's chief justice would determine a date for the Lower House of Parliament, the National Assembly, to elect a new president from its members.

Should Zuma remain in power long enough for impeachment proceedings to be launched, then he would risk losing presidential benefits, including his pension and State security.

However, criticism of him has started to grow even within the party.

But he has so far resisted increasing pressure to quit since December, when his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, replaced him as leader of the ANC.

A scheduled Cabinet briefing has been called off, press briefings and committee meetings have been cancelled and there's still no word on when or if the State of the Nation Address (Sona) will take place.

Some have expressed fears that Zuma may defy the NEC and refuse to stand down, but Magashule said that talks between Zuma and party leaders on Monday were "cordial" and that Zuma recognized the NEC's right to remove him.


The raid, which the state broadcaster said resulted in two arrests including one Gupta family member, came amid reports Zuma was preparing to tell South Africa he was stepping down after nine years in office dogged by scandal and economic stagnation.

The ANC's caucus is sitting at 10:00 on Wednesday following the NEC's announcement that President Jacob Zuma is to be recalled.

Magashule said the ANC is looking forward to an "amicable solution" and that "it's obvious" the party wants Ramaphosa to succeed Zuma.

But the reason his demise now seems inevitable is because his party, the African National Congress, appears to have judged that he's too much of an electoral liability.

On Wednesday, South African police raided the residential compound of a business family suspected of using its ties to Zuma to influence Cabinet appointments and land state contracts. Although it would be painful for the ANC to back an opposition motion, the ruling party may have little choice.

Ramaphosa, the deputy president, must revive the economy and crack down on what he has admitted is rampant government corruption if he is to boost the party's tarnished reputation before a tricky election next year.

The party of former president Nelson Mandela led the movement to end apartheid, but it has been losing support since Zuma took office in 2009.

In 2016, the country's Constitutional Court ruled unanimously that Zuma was liable for some of the $20 million in public funds spent on an upgrade to his private residence.

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