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Embattled Zuma to appear before ruling party's integrity panel

South Africa

<p>South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (<span class="caps">ANC</span>) has confirmed that President Jacob Zuma will be questioned next week by the party’s integrity commission following persistent allegations of corruption and poor election results.</p> <p>“He will be having a meeting with the IC,” <span class="caps">ANC</span> Secretary General Gwede Mantashe confirmed to Reuters on Friday, referring to the integrity commission. Zuma’s meeting with the commission is expected to be held on Dec. 3 behind closed doors even though Mantashe did not say what would be discussed at the meeting.</p> <p>Zuma’s appearance before the panel could potentially deepen divides within the ruling party as it gears up for a national conference next year. The 74-year-old Zuma is expected to stand down as party leader.</p> <p>Members of the <span class="caps">ANC</span> have been removed from their posts as a result of the commission’s recommendation. The <span class="caps">ANC</span> formed the commission in 2013 to help protect its image and take “urgent action” to deal with members of the party who face allegations of improper conduct.</p> <p>The Mail & Guardian newspaper reported on Friday that the commission, headed by anti-apartheid stalwart Andrew Mlangeni, would question Zuma over a slew of corruption scandals and the party’s worst local election results in August.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Zuma will soon appear before the <span class="caps">ANC</span>'s integrity commission for possibly bringing the party into disrepute. Details in the M&G today.</p>— Mail & Guardian (@mailandguardian) <a href="https://twitter.com/mailandguardian/status/802014046140645380">November 25, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Several senior members of the <span class="caps">ANC</span> have called for Zuma to resign in recent months after scandals rattled markets in Africa’s most industrialised economy and cost the party votes.</p> <p>A constitutionally-mandated anti-graft watchdog, the Public protector, this month called for a judge to investigate allegations Zuma provided special favours for wealthy friends and allowed them to choose ministerial appointments. Zuma and the Gupta family deny any wrongdoing.</p>
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