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South Africa: ANC leaders expected to ask President Zuma to resign

Monday - 12/02/2018 08:17
Leaders of South Africa's governing ANC party is meeting to decide the future of President Jacob Zuma.
GETTY IMAGES / Many in the ANC hope that removing Mr Zuma will boost the party's chances in the 2019 elections
GETTY IMAGES / Many in the ANC hope that removing Mr Zuma will boost the party's chances in the 2019 elections

The National Executive Committee (NEC) is likely to ask him to step down, says BBC Africa correspondent Andrew Harding.

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged on Sunday that the issue was causing "disunity and discord".

Mr Zuma, 75, faces a number of corruption charges after nine years in power.

There are more than a hundred members of the NEC, and many may want to share their views during the meeting in Pretoria - meaning it could be some hours before a decision is made.

What did Mr Ramaphosa say?

"We know you want closure," Mr Ramaphosa told a crowd, which had gathered to mark 100 years since the birth of the country's first black president, Nelson Mandela.

He told the crowd in Cape Town on Sunday that "our people want this matter to be finalised" and that the African National Congress (ANC) would comply.

ANC President Cyril Rampaphosa speaking in front of a portrait of Nelson Mandela in Cape Town on Sunday, 11 February 2018
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Cyril Rampaphosa speaking in front of a portrait of Nelson Mandela on Sunday
 

He acknowledged the ANC was suffering "a period of difficulty, disunity and discord", and said he wanted to replace it with "a new beginning".

He pledged to tackle the corruption that has marred Mr Zuma's time in office.

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