Graft-tainted South African leader Zuma gets ultimatum

World | 13 Feb 2018 8:37 pm

The secretary-general of South Africa’s ruling party says he does not know how the scandal-tainted President Jacob Zuma will respond to the party’s declaration that he must leave office.

"I don’t know what will happen, but let’s leave it to President Jacob Zuma,” Ace Magashule said.

Magashule says the African National Congress is looking forward to an "amicable solution” and that "it’s obvious” that the party wants Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed Zuma.

If Zuma agrees to step down, then Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will likely become president. However, if Zuma refuses to resign he will then face a vote of no confidence in parliament next week.

Disgraced by a series of corruption scandals, although he claims he has done no wrong, Zuma still retains some support within the ruling party.-AP

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