Zuma told to step down or face a “palace revolt”

Zuma told to step down or face a “palace revolt”

- An 11th motion of no-confidence is on the cards by his own party if he doesn’t leave on his own steam by the time the ANC’s NEC meets next week

- The newly elected NEC will be meeting for the first time since the elective conference in December changed the leadership of the party

- Since stepping down as president of the party and not seeing his preferred candidate succeed him, Zuma’s critics are baying for his blood

Many political players have expressed the hope that President Jacob Zuma would have already stepped down voluntarily by the time the new ANC NEC meets for the first time on Wednesday.

As Briefly.co.za reported earlier today there has been discussion surrounding the fate of the man who has led the party and the government into what some describe as a dire situation began at the Nasrec conference and has continued informal discussions have morphed into what Breifly.co.za has learned, is an elaborate plan to unseat him.

This follows another ruling by the constitutional court late last year holding Zuma responsible for the Nkandla matter.

Members of the new NEC member reportedly said any attempts to discuss the presidents removal have been met with opposition from those loyal to him. However the structures that lead the party are said to be worried about how much trouble the president is causing for both he party and the government.

The president is facing calls from all parts of the tripartite alliance to step down with both the SACP and Cosatu partners adding their weight to the voices from with the ANC asking him to go.

The latest would be seen as a good test of the level of support within the NEC and setting the stage for future battles over other issues which many feel need to be addressed with the party structures.

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When it comes to a vote of no confidence from within his own party, Zuma has already survived twice during the incumbency of the previous NEC, whether he will survive another is the question on everyone’s minds.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa relied heavily on an anti-corruption platform to prop up his campaign for the post of Party President, and his supporters are expecting him to make good on those promises.

Despite his win at Nasrec the mixed bag of the top six, and the NEC failed to give wither side a clear majority. “Neither side won at Nasrec,” said political analysis and MD of Clearcontent Research & Consulting, Ralph Mathekga. “Whatever is being plotted by the usual suspects needs to be carefully planned.”

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Mathekga has warned that it will not be easy for the new ANC leadership to act against Zuma or anyone implicated in state capture allegations.

There is a widespread acknowledgement however that the longer Zuma remains in power, the worse things will be for the ANC come 2019. Mathekga says even those who support Zuma will have to acknowledge the need for the greater benefit to the ANC in the end. “But that dos not mean they will be a pushover for Ramaphosa’s faction,” he said.

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Source: Politics.briefly.co.za

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