South African ruling party recalls president Zuma to step down

Down but not out- yet South Africa's embattled President Jacob Zuma has rejected a party request that he resign

Down but not out- yet South Africa's embattled President Jacob Zuma has rejected a party request that he resign

Ace Magashule, the ANC's secretary general, confirmed on Tuesday that the party had made a decision to "recall" Zuma from his "deployment as president" but said that no deadline had been given and there had been no discussion of bringing a motion of no-confidence to oust him.

Mashatile said that the ANC would push for the tabling of a motion of no confidence in Zuma, to be debated in parliament as early as Thursday.

The ANC confirmed it has recalled President Jacob Zuma. The ANC would appear divided and ineffective while opposition parties would be instrumental in bringing Zuma down.

Zuma's hold over the ANC was shaken in December when his chosen successor - his former wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma - narrowly lost to Ramaphosa in a vote to be the new party leader.

The raid came a day after the ANC's top officials publicly declared that Zuma should go.

Police arrest three people over a corruption scandal after raiding the residence of the Zuma-allied Gupta brothers.

The Hawks raided the family home of businessmen friends of President Jacob Zuma in Johannesburg on Wednesday amid a probe into allegations that the family used their links with the president to win state contracts and influence Cabinet appointments.

An opposition request for a no-confidence vote against Zuma this week was still being considered by the parliament speaker. It is expected that the ANC will nominate party leader Cyril Ramaphosa as the nation's president and schedule a State of the Nation address on Friday.

South African President Jacob Zuma at the G20 leaders retreat in July in Hamburg, Germany.

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Government leaders hope the standoff can be resolved ahead of the unveiling of the national budget in parliament on February 21, which would go some way toward reassuring investors that the country is getting back on track.

"Nevertheless, after waiting for so long for such a major event, we still think that a formal resignation/removal will trigger some sharp gains, even if only temporarily", he said.

South Africa's state broadcaster, SABC, said a Gupta family member was among those detained.

Zuma's ability to survive the scandals in the past earned him the nickname "Teflon President".

Zuma faces the possible reinstatement of corruption charges in connection with a $2.5 billion arms deal while he was deputy president.

The wealthy India-born Gupta family have been accused of "state capture" - using their friendship with President Zuma to wield enormous political influence for their business interests.

Zuma became South Africa's fourth president when he assumed office in May 2009. A judicial commission is preparing to investigate the alleged graft.

In 2016, South Africa's highest court ruled that Mr Zuma had violated the constitution when he failed to repay government money spent on his private home.

Both Zuma and the Guptas deny the accusations.

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