Zuma To Set Up Inquiry Into 'State Capture'

FILE President Jacob Zuma addresses delegates at the ANC's 54th national conference at Nasrec on 16 December 2017

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President Jacob Zuma's possible removal was not discussed by the ANC's new national executive committee (NEC) at their first meeting in East London on Wednesday, Business Day reported.

Zuma's removal also had "no expressed authority" according to the ANC constitution, the letter said, adding that the NEC was not and had never been "an appointing authority on any person to the office of the president of the Republic of South Africa, irrespective of the fact that Zuma was its preferred candidate for that position before and after [the 2014] general elections".

But talks of a motion to remove Zuma being forced into the agenda have been gaining momentum.

ABC News reported that the president in a statement has said that "on the eve of a high-level ruling party meeting where his fate is a certain topic of discussion, any further delay will make the public doubt the government's resolve to fight graft".

Zuma, who has denied wrongdoing, said he has appealed the order to pay the costs himself but is moving ahead with a commission of inquiry because "this matter has occupied the public mind for some time now and deserves urgent attention".

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South Africa's main oppostion Democratic Alliance (DA) cheered the creation of the probe.

A statement released by the Presidency Republic of South Africa on Tuesday stated the two Presidents will meet at Dr. John Dube residence in Durban.

Zuma may have warded off an ouster bid by agreeing to the establishment of a commission headed by a judge nominated by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to investigate the claims that the Guptas had wielded undue control over the state.

"It is quite clear that Ramaphosa is not equal to the task of getting rid Zuma as the majority of the ANC is still made up of corrupt and selfish leaders who put filling their own pockets before the needs of the people‚" Van Damme said.

The ANC's former head of intelligence, Zuma, 75, took office in May 2009 just weeks after prosecutors dropped graft charges against him.

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