S. Africa’s president survives vote in ruling party to oust him
JOHANNESBURG — President Jacob Zuma escaped a move to oust him as the leader of South Africa by senior members of his ruling party, it was announced Tuesday.
A motion to dismiss Zuma over a string of corruption allegations since he came to office in 2009 was introduced by the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress.
The majority of the ANC’s 80 executive committee members voted to keep Zuma in office, the party’s secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, said.
Fresh from his victory, Zuma left Tuesday for Cuba to attend the funeral of Fidel Castro.
Many ANC members blamed Zuma’s scandals for the party’s poor performance in recent elections in which it lost the key municipalities of Johannesburg and Pretoria.