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Zuma refuses to resign despite push by top ANC leaders

Zuma refuses to resign despite push by top ANC leaders

Jacob Zuma

Five of South Africa’s ruling ANC party’s top six leaders visited President Jacob Zuma at his house last Friday to convince him to resign – much to his refusal.

The leaders included the country’s deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe.

The call for Zuma to step down comes on the heels of South Africa’s Constitutional Court’s damning ruling last Thursday, March 30th that Zuma “failed to uphold the constitution.’‘

This is after he failed to abide South Africa’s Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s 2014 findings that he should repay some of the $14.6 million spent to upgrade his Nklanda private home.

Zuma has in the wake of the ruling issued a public apology over the matter and promised to pay back monies as directed by the court.

Opposition parties have piled on pressure for him to resign even though the ruling ANC through its General Secretary reposed trust in his leadership.

An ally of Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada had also published an open letter which he described as ‘‘painful’,’ in which he literally begs Zuma to resign as President.

A motion to impeach him is expected to be debated in Parliament on Tuesday. A two-thirds majority vote is needed for the impeachment to be successful.