South Africa’s Zuma sur­vives at­tempt to re­move him

The Star (Kenya) - - News World -

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

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