South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has ordered President Jacob Zuma to step down after he refused plea from top party leadership to resign voluntarily.
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This decision was made by the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) during a 13-hour meeting that ended early Tuesday in Pretoria, the capital.
“Zuma is clearly digging in, fearing what could come next should he resign prematurely. It’s an open question whether the ANC members of Parliament will vote with the multiple opposition parties to compel the president to resign,” said Mark Schroeder, vice president of Africa analysis at geopolitical advisory company Stratfor, in an interview with Bloomberg on Monday.
If Zuma refuses to obey ANC’s NEC order to step down, parliamentary actions would be taken against him. This is because majority of the lawmakers in the parliament are ANC members and they could be asked to vote Zuma out of office.
Zuma, 75, who was the ANC’s former head of intelligence assumed office in May 2009 after graft charges against him were dropped. He also spent years fighting a bid by opposition parties to have those charges reinstated.
Since Zuma took office in 2009, South Africa’s economy has been affected by a series of policy missteps and inappropriate appointments that affected investor and business confidence. Currently he has a number of graft charges against him. These has led to calls for him to step down from both his party and other parties in South Africa. Last month, South Africa’s opposition party and the third biggest party, the Economic Freedom Fighters came up with the no-confidence motion which is due to be debated on the 22nd of February. The party plans to go to court if the debate doesn’t happen.
The Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa has since been elected leader of the ANC South Africa and he is expected to take over from Zuma. Since Ramphosa’s appointment as ANC leader, South Africa’s assets have continued to see a great improvement. Globally, the Rand has also been among the best performing currencies by gaining 20 percent after Ramaphosa was elected. This has set him on the path to take over from the incumbent Zuma whose administration has been affected by lots corruption allegations and economic issues.