Zuma should resign, says senior official in South Africa's ruling party

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President Jacob Zuma will reportedly be formally asked to step down as president of the country by the ANC's top officials today, the City Press reports. Zuma's second and final term as president is due to end in mid-2019.

The speaker of parliament said on Friday that Mr Zuma would face a fresh no-confidence motion on February 22.

In a letter to the EFF leader Julius Malema‚ Mbete had informed that "the determination had taken into account the programme of the National Assembly‚ including the state of the nation address‚ debate on the address‚ the president's reply to the debate and the tabling of the national budget on February 21".

Opposition parties have called for ANC leader and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to replace Zuma, in time to deliver SONA.

The party's "top-six" leadership team is due to meet Zuma later on Sunday, party secretary-general and top-six member Ace Magashule told local media including news channel eNCA and the City Press newspaper.

"The majority of parliament is going to say that Jacob Zuma will not be the president of South Africa because the biggest sentiment, even in the ANC, is saying that Jacob Zuma can not continue as president", EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu told eNCA television.

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Mr Zuma has survived several no-confidence votes during his rule thanks to loyal voting by ANC MPs, but support for his leadership is on the wane.

The president has been beset by a series of corruption allegations but denies any wrongdoing. The Democratic Alliance was unsuccessful in its bid to have the Sona postponed. Although he retains the support of a faction within the ANC, he no longer holds a top post.

The officials met Zuma at the Presidential Guesthouse on Sunday night.

Those privy to the discussion said they expected the meeting to be a hard one as Zuma has made it clear to his inner circle that he would not be resigning any time soon and he was even prepared to risk being ousted through a parliamentary impeachment process or a motion of no confidence, which would see him forfeiting retirement benefits such as, among others, a salary for life.

ANC party spokespersons were not available for to comment.

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