Tag Archives: Jacob Zuma

South Africa: Ramaphosa elected to succeed Zuma as president

Source: United Press International

“Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as South Africa’s new president Thursday after the departure of embattled leader Jacob Zuma. The announcement of Ramaphosa, the only candidate nominated in South African Parliament Thursday, was met with singing in the National Assembly. In December, Ramaphosa was elected leader of the African National Congress. Zuma resigned Wednesday following pressure from the ANC, which said if Zuma didn’t resign by the end of the day, proceedings would begin to force him out. Ramaphosa, 65, drew international acclaim for steering talks that ended apartheid, a system of institutionalized racial segregation, and produced South Africa’s first democratic constitution. He has served as country’s deputy president since 2014.” (02/15/18)


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: Zuma survives no-confidence vote

Source: CBS News

“South Africa’s parliament voted against a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma by just over 20 votes Tuesday. Despite the fact that Zuma remains president, the 177-198 vote sends a strong message that there is a crisis within the ruling African National Congress party, or ANC, and signals that his position within the party has been severely weakened. … This latest motion comes after Zuma fired his finance minister, the widely respected and fiscally responsible Pravin Gordhan. Gordhan is a veteran member of the ruling class but was openly critical of Zuma, accusing him of rampant corruption that has enriched both himself and his acolytes. The difference with Tuesday’s vote was that it was cast in secret. Members of the ANC were able to vote according to their conscience without fear of reprisal if they rebelled against the party’s instruction to support Zuma.” (08/08/17)


South Africa: Zuma abandons rally after being booed

Source: BBC [UK state media]

“South Africa’s scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma has abandoned a May Day rally after he was booed by workers demanding his resignation. Scuffles broke out between Mr Zuma’s supporters and opponents, resulting in all speeches being cancelled. The main labour federation, Cosatu, called on Mr Zuma to step down last month after he sacked his widely respected finance minister. Mr Zuma’s allies say he will remain in office until his term ends in 2019. He was seen on live television hastily leaving the podium and being whisked away in a motorcade from the rally in Bloemfontein city, Reuters news agency reports. Mr Zuma attended the rally despite the fact that powerful affiliates of Cosatu, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, had opposed his presence.” (05/01/17)


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)


South Africa: Calls for Zuma to quit at freedom icon’s funeral

Source: Yahoo! News

“The funeral of celebrated South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada on Wednesday was transformed into a rally against President Jacob Zuma, who had been barred from the event. The family of the African National Congress (ANC) stalwart, one of Nelson Mandela’s closest colleagues in the struggle against white minority rule who died on Tuesday aged 87, had asked Zuma to stay away. … In a fiery eulogy, former president Kgalema Motlanthe said Kathrada was ‘deeply disturbed by the current post-apartheid failure of politics.’ ‘He found current leadership wanting on many fronts … and would not hesitate to call for the resignation of the president of the country with whom the buck stops,’ said Motlanthe.” (03/29/17)


South Africa: Lawmakers brawl during anti-Zuma protest

Source: Albany Democrat-Herald

“South Africa’s parliament descended into chaos on Thursday, with opposition lawmakers denouncing President Jacob Zuma as a ‘scoundrel’ and ‘rotten to the core’ because of corruption allegations and then brawling with guards who dragged them out of the chamber. The raucous scenes unfolded on national television as opposition legislators tried to stop Zuma from addressing the chamber, repeatedly insulting the president and declaring him unfit for office.” (02/09/17)