South Africa's President Jacob Zuma under mounting pressure to quit

S.Africa's Zuma faces new no-confidence vote

Mr Zuma, who has not said whether he will step down voluntarily before his second term as president ends, has been deserted by several prominent allies in the ANC since Mr Ramaphosa took over leadership of what is the only party to govern South Africa since the end of apartheid.

"Our view is that there should be a change of guard", Mashatile told CNBC Africa's Political Capital on Friday.

In a letter to the EFF leader Julius Malema‚ Mbete had informed that "the determination had taken into account the programme of the National Assembly‚ including the state of the nation address‚ debate on the address‚ the president's reply to the debate and the tabling of the national budget on February 21. Go to him and say "look we're not booting you out but we think we can work better this way", he said.

Ramaphosa, 65, has been lobbying the ANC's national executive to force Zuma to resign even as the president is expected to meet the ANC's six most powerful officials this weekend, but the agenda of the meeting has not been disclosed.




The rand, which tends to strengthen on signs Zuma could leave office, pared losses on the announcement from parliament.

These opposition maneuvers, whose desire is to put Zuma out of the presidential chair as soon as possible, occur amid charges of alleged corruption against the head of State that come back to public light after the National Prosecution annulled a ruling of the High Court of Justice which had rejected those charges.

Ramaphosa, who as the ANC's new leader is in a strong position to win the 2019 elections, has called for party unity.

Zuma faces a no-confidence vote on February 22 after a request from the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters but Mashatile said he opposed that method of removing the president. The embattled Zuma told supporters at his 75th birthday bash in Soweto, Johannesburg past year that he would resign should the ANC ask him to do so.

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