ANC decides to remove Zuma in South Africa

On Wednesday morning South African police raided the home of prominent business associates of Jacob Zuma who are accused of being at the centre of corruption scandals that have infuriated the country

The decision by the ANC, the party once led by Nelson Mandela, to announce the "recall" of Zuma was the culmination of a marathon meeting that stretched into the early hours of Tuesday morning.

ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa reportedly left a 13-hour executive committee meeting around midnight last night local time and drove to the president's official residence to deliver an ultimatum to Zuma.

After being the subject of several "no-confidence" votes in recent years, Zuma has as resisted pressure to resign and has remained as president after repeated corruption allegations.

An opposition-backed motion of no confidence has been scheduled for February 22, but its sponsors want the vote to be moved up to this week.

The African National Congress (ANC), South Africa's ruling party, has made a decision to remove President Jacob Zuma from his role, a source told Reuters.

"He will finish what he started because he does not take orders beyond the Atlantic Ocean", she said.

But Zuma would not be legally obliged to step down and he could technically carry on as President of South Africa despite losing the faith of his party.

He said parliament, where the ANC has a large majority, would then "proceed to elect (Cyril) Ramaphosa as president of the republic" - perhaps as early as Thursday or Friday.

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If he refuses to quit, the ANC will be forced into the ignominious choice of siding with the opposition in a vote of no confidence in parliament, or put forward a motion of its own.

But the ANC rejected Zuma's proposal and the President's current stance is unclear. If that happens, Ramaphosa would likely become South African president.

We can no longer keep South Africa waiting, said senior ANC official Paul Mashatile.

Sky News' Africa Correspondent, John Sparks, said the ANC's wrangling over Mr Zuma's future "could split the party".

Zuma has, nonetheless, withstood the scandals and opposition parties' repeated attempts to remove him. In 2016, South Africa's top court ruled that Zuma had acted unconstitutionally when he used $15 million in public funds to upgrade his private home, and ordered him to repay some of the money.

In October, South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal moved to reopen almost 800 corruption charges against Zuma, related to a $2 billion government arms deal in the 1990s.

The South African rand, which has tended to strengthen on signs Mr Zuma could step down before his second term ends mid next year, extended its gains to 0.7 per cent to the dollar on expectations Mr Zuma was on his way out.

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