South Africa's Ramaphosa says in direct discussions with Zuma over transition

South Africa's Ramaphosa says in direct discussions with Zuma over transition

South Africa's Ramaphosa says in direct discussions with Zuma over transition

"After almost 24 years of ANC rule, the government hasn't fundamentally changed the structure of the South African economy or business environment", Vandome said.

"Zuma will be completely isolated after the NEC decision", said Dirk Kotze, a political science professor at the University of South Africa in Pretoria.

Mr Zuma has not said in public whether he will step down voluntarily.

"Zuma will likely leave office this month one way or the other". Critics questioned the legality of Mbeki's removal; the South African constitution only says parliament can remove the president through impeachment or a motion of no confidence.

South African President Jacob Zuma gestures as he addresses supporters outside the South African Parliament in Cape Town, Aug. 8, 2017. Opposition leaders will meet on Monday to discuss a scheduled motion of no confidence in Zuma on February 22 as well as parliament's mandate to elect a new president in the event that Zuma is removed, the parties said.

"Radical political party Black First Land First have organized a protest in support of the president under the banner "#HandsOff Zuma".

The crunch meeting of the National Executive Committee comes a day before Zuma was due to deliver the annual state-of-the-nation speech before parliament, in an unprecedented move, announced on Tuesday its postponement.

South Africa's elections are scheduled for 2019 and Mr Zuma can not run again as there is a two-term limit.

Zuma now remains in office amid pressure for him to step down and the postponement of the African National Congress's much anticipated national executive committee (NEC) meeting.

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"We wanted him to go a long time ago", Sizwe Pamla, the federation's spokesman, said by phone from Johannesburg.

Secretary-general Ace Magashule also confirmed this, saying he arrived at the meeting just after 4pm, where he was excused and invited back in towards the end.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said it is in the process of removing President Jacob Zuma from office before he is scheduled to give the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday. The Guptas and Zuma have denied any wrongdoing.

The National Executive Council of the African National Congress (ANC) will meet today to decide on the future of President Jacob Zuma.

He stepped down as ANC president in December after serving two terms as party leader.

"The allegations are completely baseless", Ngqulunga said in a statement.

"This is a challenging time for our country", Ramaphosa said in a statement.

"We are not going to discuss the outcome with you because we don't know what the outcome will be, " she said.

Speaking to BusinessTech, Dr David Monyae a politics expert and co-director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Johannesburg said that the ANC would need to tread carefully in how it plans to deal with Zuma's exit as it would nearly certainly set a precedent for future South African politics. This after Zuma failed to heed appeals from his comrades on Monday that he must do the honourable thing and resign.

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