- South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, has vowed not to resign
- He denied allegations of wrongdoings levelled against him
- With his refusal to resign, the ANC has reportedly decided to initiate a no-confidence motion against him on Thursday, February 15
Following President Jacob Zuma’s alleged refusal to resign, South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) would on Thursday, February 15, initiate a no-confidence motion against the president at the parliament.
Premium Times reports that Zuma refused to stand down even after police raided homes of his associates, the Gupta family, in Johannesburg.
NAIJ.com gathered that the Guptas, who have been named in a series of corruption probes, are said to be associates of Zuma, who has led South Africa since 2009.
Some members of the ANC have also reportedly urged Zuma to step down, and the party itself formally took a position on the matter by asking Zuma to resign.
The party’s treasurer-general, Paul Mashatile, said on Wednesday, February 14, that the party is starting “a new era.”
He said: “The conference of ANC has created new hope. Our people want to see change. We want to go with renewal.”
Mashatile added that the deadline given to Zuma would expire on the night of Wednesday, February 14.
He explained that the cabinet would stay if Zuma resigns, but should he be removed though a no-confidence vote, the entire cabinet would have to be removed.
However, Zuma reportedly appeared live on SABC to discuss the allegations against him.
He denied allegations of wrongdoing and vowed not to resign.
The president demanded that he should be told whatever his offences might be and he would take a decision on his future accordingly.
“No, I will not resign,” he said.
The ANC said the parliament could elect another president as soon as Thursday, February 15, if Zuma agrees to step down.
NAIJ.com previously reported that President Zuma was formally asked by South Africa's ruling ANC to resign after he refused to do so earlier.
The reported decision to "recall" the president followed marathon talks by senior party officials that continued into the early hours of Tuesday, February 13.
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule reportedly delivered a letter to the embattled president at his official residence in the capital, Pretoria, officially informing him of the party's decision to "recall" him at a meeting of its top leadership body, the national executive committee (NEC).
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