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South Africa's Ramaphosa targets "pressing matters" in push for Zuma exit

10 February 2018, 01:56 | Max Haynes

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But President Zuma has declared his unwillingness, said Amanda Gouws, a political science professor at Stellenbosch University.

"I think that it is the issue that is going to be behind us quite soon".

Ramaphosa said the process was an opportunity to conclude the matter without causing discord in the country.

Ramaphosa this week has held discussions with Zuma on a power transition and said he anticipates a prompt resolution, though critics accused the deputy of making a mockery of South African democracy with confidential talks that have left the country in political limbo.

The president, who denies wrongdoing, is due to end his second five-year term at elections next year. Ace Magashule, the party's secretary-general, told reporters after the meeting that no timeline had been set for concluding talks with Zuma. It was little changed at 12.0718 per dollar at 5:39 p.m.in Johannesburg.

Maimane said he has consulted with leaders of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters Party (EFF) and resolved to call on the speaker of parliament to schedule an urgent sitting on Tuesday Feb. 13 for a motion of no confidence against Zuma.

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Save South Africa, an anti-Zuma campaign group, said it was "deeply concerned at the veil of secrecy surrounding negotiations" over the president's exit.

A motion of no confidence in Zuma proposed by the Economic Freedom Fighters, the third-biggest party, is due to be debated on February 22, while the Democratic Alliance, the main opposition party, wants it brought forward to next week.

The parliamentary speaker would not be drawn on suggestions made by opposition MPs that Mr Zuma has asked for immunity from prosecution and financial support for legal expenses as conditions of his resignation.

As a result, the State of the Nation Address was postponed until the finalisation of Zuma's departure.

The Congress of the People's Mosiuoa Lekota says its suspicious that Ramaphosa simply can't remove Zuma when he's received authorisation from the national executive committee to do so.

"We are not sure, were uncertain of what it is that they're discussing behind the scenes".



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