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The stubbornness of Jacob Zuma

The stubbornness of Jacob Zuma

Tuesday, 02/13/2018
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In the middle of the night, Pretoria was in the dark, roaring a motorcade through the city: the ANC sends his party leader to the presidency.

Cyril Ramaphosa went to Jacob Zuma’s private residence to finally resign the 75-year-old president.

But Zuma does not want partout.

By that time, the ANC Executive Committee had met for more than eleven hours, to agree on a line that is succinct: Zuma has to go , The demonstrators and opposition have been calling for more than a year. But now the demand of the road is official party line: The ANC demands that President Zuma resign from the post of South African leader ,

Formulated on Tuesday afternoon, the party announced that Zuma would be “recalled” by the ANC as president of South Africa. The statutes provide that the party may deduct public representatives in this way.

ANC allegedly did not give Zuma an ultimatum

Surprisingly, the ANC Zuma but contrary to other reports no ultimatum. ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule said something was wrong: Zuma would react to the call to resign on Wednesday. In addition, the President has made a counterproposal, so Magashule. Three to six months transitional period – then he will agree to a resignation. The ANC but had not agreed.

Remarkable above all: The party Nelson Mandela appears in the causa Zuma once again weak and apparently split. She chose the softest possible formulations and avoided anything that could put additional pressure on Zuma.

The decision does not provide a timeframe for withdrawal. On demand, Magashule also said that it had not spoken about the instrument of the vote of no confidence.

With all the noise: Zuma has to resign herself

At least one more day can the unpopular, staggering head of state Zuma his party obviously so. The ANC, without which almost nothing is decided in South Africa since the end of the racist apartheid regime in 1994. And who, contrary to the Constitution, sees himself as standing over the president.

The opposition repeatedly points out that the ANC can not legally dismiss the president. He has to resign himself.

An incumbent head of state in South Africa can only overthrow a vote of no confidence or impeachment. It’s about as tedious and difficult as an impeachment of the president in the US. Until it would lead to success in the case Zumas, his second and final term in 2019 would be over anyway.

For a no-confidence vote, at least a dozen ANC parliamentarians would have to vote against the president. That was practically impossible as long as the ANC was still Zuma. Attempts by the opposition to overthrow Zuma in this way failed several times.

Nine days left, then it should be over

But since last night that has changed fundamentally: Now the ANC is against Zuma. And a vote of no confidence, strained by the opposition in parliament, is already scheduled.

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President Zuma and Vice Ramaphosa on February 7 at a Cabinet meeting

By 22 February at the latest, the parliament should decide on Zuma’s dismissal. On Monday, South Africa’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), even insisted on bringing the vote to a better start this week. This step is apparently being considered by Parliament Speaker Baleka Mbete, according to the press office of the Parliament.

Several rumors are circulating in these troubled days in South Africa: at the weekend there was talk of a deal between Zuma and his Vice Ramaphosa. In exchange for a voluntary resignation Zuma had been promised some protection against prosecution and the receipt of presidential privileges, whispered South African media. Ramaphosa is said to be worried about the unity of the ANC, in which Zuma still has allies, of which Ramaphosa would be dependent as a successor again. Whether there is such a deal – and whether he still applies after the nighttime session of the Executive Committee – remained unclear.

One thing is certain: with the new pressure from the ANC and the increased chances of success for a vote of no confidence, Zuma is really running out of time. He had a maximum of nine days, if not for him a miracle happened. Even Zuma should be able to see that, but: So far, no matter how bad he was, he did not want to see anything at all.


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