South Africa’s Zuma survives attempt to remove him
South Africa’s scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma has survived a move by some members of his party to hold a no-confidence motion against him, local media reported yesterday without naming sources.
The rand sank more than one per cent on the reports, which dashed many traders’ hopes of a swift resolution to months of political uncertainty in Africa’s most industrialised economy.
Tourism minister Derek Hanekom had proposed holding the vote to effectively remove Zuma at a meeting of the African National Congress’s governing committee, Beeld, an Afrikaans-language daily reported.
But the party’s National Executive Committee meeting ended late on Monday without a formal vote, Beeld said. It was not immediately clear if the committee had actively decided to back Zuma through a less formal decision-making process, or if it had just dropped the matter all together.
The ANC said it will hold a media briefing at 1200 GMT yesterday to give details about the NEC meeting. Zuma’s presidency has been plagued by graft accusations. The nation’s anti-graft watchdog has asked for a judge to probe alleged influence-peddling by a wealthy family Zuma calls his friends.
South African President Jacob Zuma arrives for the official announcement of the munincipal election results at the result centre in Pretoria, South Africa, on August 6