Tag Archives: African National Congress

South Africa: Zuma resigns

Source: Washington Post

“South African President Jacob Zuma resigned on Wednesday, bringing to a close a nine-year tenure that has been dogged by corruption scandals and seen a steady decline in the popularity of the African National Congress, Nelson Mandela’s historic liberation movement. His resignation came after a week of intense pressure, culminating in leaders of the ruling ANC ordering him to step down on Tuesday. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who replaced Zuma as ANC leader in December, is expected to become acting president, according to South African law.” (02/14/18)


South Africa: ANC gives Zuma 48 hours to quit, state broadcaster says

Source: Reuters

“South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) gave President Jacob Zuma 48 hours to resign as head of state on Monday after an eight-hour meeting of the party’s top leadership, the SABC state broadcaster said. Party leader Cyril Ramaphosa’s motorcade left a marathon ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting at 10:30 p.m. (2030 GMT) for Zuma’s residence near the Union Buildings in Pretoria to deliver the message in person, the SABC said, citing sources. … Since Ramaphosa was elected party leader in December, Zuma has faced mounting calls from his party to end his scandal-plagued second term a year early.” (02/12/18)


South Africa: Ramaphosa wins ANC leadership election

Source: Bloomberg

“South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa beat Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in a gripping battle for control of the ruling party, putting him on track to become the nation’s next leader. Ramaphosa, 65, won 52 percent of vote to 48 percent for Dlamini-Zuma, 68, the tightest margin since Nelson Mandela led the ANC to power in 1994 after the end of apartheid. The outcome is a blow to President Jacob Zuma, who backed his ex-wife to succeed him and now risks being ousted before his second term ends in 2019. A lawyer, former labor-union leader and one of the wealthiest black South Africans, Ramaphosa has pledged to revive South Africa’s stagnating economy and clamp down on the state corruption that’s marred Zuma’s almost nine-year tenure. He was the favored candidate of investors, business leaders, labor unionists and the ANC’s communist party allies.” (12/18/17)


South Africa: Court rejects Zuma’s bid to block corruption inquiry

Source: New York Times

“President Jacob G. Zuma of South Africa suffered a stinging legal defeat on Wednesday when the country’s High Court rejected his efforts to block an inquiry into accusations of influence-peddling so widespread that it is known as ‘state capture.’ The decision came days before a major gathering to choose Mr. Zuma’s successor as leader of the governing African National Congress. After the findings were read aloud in court, the public gallery burst into applause and cheers, according to local news media reports. The allegations center on accusations that Mr. Zuma has been complicit in a scheme by three businessman that allows them to influence the appointment of government ministers in order to tilt the awarding of contracts in their favor.” (12/13/17)


South Africa: Unions seek Zuma’s resignation

Source: Yahoo! News

“The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) called for the resignation of President Jacob Zuma after a controversial cabinet reshuffle that has deeply divided officialdom in the African country. The call made by COSATU on Tuesday, a member of the alliance led by the African National Congress (ANC) which has been ruling South Africa for 23 years, increased pressure on President Zuma. Zuma has caused a serious rift in the government and his own party after the sacking of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Friday because of opposing several plans of the President and the high cost to the South African treasury.” (04/04/17)