PRESIDENT CONTINUES TO FACE-OFF WITH RULING PARTY

SOUTH AFRICA: PRESIDENCY/SABC/14/2/18 SABANews 1
Embattled President Jacob Zuma
PRETORIA – President JACOB ZUMA of SOUTH AFRICA has continued to defy calls for him to leave office, even after his ruling ANC Party recalled him from the government.
 
ANC Chairperson GWEDE MANTASHE says the embattled Head of State will force the party to humiliate him with a vote of no confidence or even impeachment, if he fails to comply.
 
SABC News says Mr MANTASHE has addressed dozens of ANC members gathered to celebrate the 106TH Anniversary of the Party at BUTTERWORTH in the EASTERN CAPE.
 
It says his visit to the rural constituency has aimed to report back as tensions and uncertainty of the recall process drags on, with party stalwarts eager to avoid embarrassing the veteran leader.
 
Mr MANTASHE says the ANC has given no-deadline to President ZUMA, although the party has exhausted other strategies of talking the Head of State out of his position.
 
He says President ZUMA should have either stepped down on his own accord, or responded to the letter recalling him – by resigning, failure of which he faces a vote-of-no-confidence.
 
However, Mr MANTASHE says the ANC will submit its own motion of no confidence rather than support the opposition move; but they expect a favourable response from President ZUMA no later than today (WEDNESDAY).
 
Meanwhile, the opposition AZANIAN PEOPLE’S ORGANISATION, AZAPO, has declared the problem of recalling President ZUMA is an affair of the ANC.
 
However, SABC News quotes AZAPO President STRIKE THOKOANA as saying the continued discord proves the ANC has failed to lead, and SOUTH AFRICANS should now vote it out.
 
The SOUTH AFRICAN Leader is due to announce his decision on the move by his party to recall him as a Head of State, but he remains the President of the country until he calls it quits./Sabanews/cam

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