African National Congress Pays President Jacob Zuma a Visit over Resignation

A leadership team of top six officials from South Africa’s ruling party, African National Congress (ANC) paid Zuma a visit at his residence on Sunday over President Jacob Zuma’s resignation.

Though details of the meeting have not been disclosed, opposition leader Julius Malema in a report said Zuma “refused to resign and he told them to take a decision to remove him if they wish to do so because he didn’t do anything wrong to the country”.

Zuma was replaced as party leader of ANC by Cyril Ramaphosa last December and the 75-year old head of state has been fighting for political survival following the party request that he leaves office.

President Zuma’s tenure as president has been plagued by corruption, and racketeering allegations as a result of his financial advisor Schabir Shaik’s conviction for corruption and fraud. Other allegations against the President include tax evasion and money-laundering.

Speculation is that the party leaders seek to oust Zuma from office, with Ramaphosa lobbying to have him removed as the African leader stands in the way of him becoming South Africa’s next president.