Speaker receives letter of resignation from SA President Zuma

18 February, 2018, 07:01 | Author: Kristine Mills
  • GULSHAN KHAN via Getty Images                       National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete at the ANC's 54th national conference last year

ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu announced that the ANC would remove Zuma from office tomorrow, and are likely to elect Cyril Ramaphosa president on the same day.

The EFF said it had no faith in the ANC, called for the dissolution of Parliament and fresh elections.

"The EFF will not participate in the election of a new president to replace Zuma because we do not want to legitimise anyone from the ruling party", Malema said.

The motion of no-confidence that parliament will vote on is originally the product of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), who proposed the motion on February 2.

The EFF again protested as the Speaker of Parliament refused to allow their motion to debate the dissolution of Parliament. This jockeying for ownership of the motion represents the broader struggle between opposition parties and the ANC to be able to take credit for Zuma's departure.

Malema said the President was lying and that in fact it was Zuma who pushed for Mbeki to be removed. It was scheduled for 11:00 to give Zuma a chance to deliver his expected resignation address, which should have happened at 10:00.

Nobody ever accused Jacob Zuma of being gracious.

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In his last two addresses to the nation, former president Jacob Zuma exhibited amnesia-like symptoms as he claimed that he was unaware of the reasons that led his own party to recall him.

He may believe that the patronage networks he has constructed may yet save him.

Zuma compared his current situation with that of Mbeki.

Somewhere in between his defiant afternoon interview with the SABC and his nearly measured suit-and-red-tie resignation speech in the later hours of Wednesday evening, Jacob Zuma must have had a Damascene conversion. The ANC's leadership concluded that unless it gets Zuma out quickly, there will be a popular anti-ANC backlash in the national elections of 2019.

"We then said to him: 'You must only go for one term [as ANC president]', because we knew he didn't have capacity but we needed a courageous person".

John Campbell is Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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