February 05, 2018

Protests in South Africa as pressure grows for Zuma to resign

More pressure on South-African President Jacob Zuma to leave office as protesters matched to the ruling party headquarters in Johannesburg on Monday as the embattled leader reportedly refused to step down.

Zuma has been under increasing pressure to leave office before his term finishes in 2019 but reportedly dug in his heels during talks with African National Congress (ANC) top brass Sunday night. 

ANC leaders are holding another emergency meeting on his case this Monday, local media reports. 

According to reports opposition parties and factions in the ANC do not want Zuma to give the annual state of the nation address on Thursday, calling him a lame duck president since the election of reformer Cyril Ramaphosa as ANC leader.

 Zuma’s nearly two terms in office have been blighted by hundreds of corruption allegations, but he has so far managed to escape prosecution. 

Radical political party Black First Land First have organized a protest in support of the president under the banner “#HandsOff Zuma.” But another group of ANC supporters had gathered with signs reading “Zuma must fall.” 

The former ANC youth leader turned founder of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema, tweeted late Sunday after Zuma’s meeting with the ANC top brass that the president was refusing to go.

 “He refused to resign and he told them to take a decision to remove him if they so wish to do so because he didn’t do anything wrong to the country,” Malema said. 

South Africa’s parliament is scheduled to vote in a no-confidence motion against Zuma on Feb. 22. 

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