ANC Denies Reports About President Zuma's Demands For Stepping Down

ANC Denies Reports About President Zuma's Demands For Stepping Down

Pretoria, Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) The general secretary of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), Ace Magashule, said today that the leadership of that organization is certain about its victory in the general election in South Africa in 2019.

Zuma also wants key members within his cabinet to stay in power and become part of the next government, to be led by newly elected ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa, according to the report. "So we will see where it ends up after the national working committee and heads of subcommittees are selected at the next NEC (meeting)", one of the ANC members said.

This is according to the Mail & Guardian‚ quoting ANC insiders.

The Mail & Guardian is reporting that Zuma has attached a set of conditions should the party ask him to resign, including the retention of his appointments to the energy and state security portfolios.

Following Zuma's announcement that a commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture will be established‚ there are expectations that Ramaphosa's speech will announce further measures to deal with the allegations and with corruption in the governing party in general.

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It has been reported that Ramaphosa has rejected this.

At the meeting, ANC members said they did not discuss any action to have Zuma step down. The rand slipped more than a percentage point against the dollar on Wednesday, the day of the meeting.

"It is quite clear that Ramaphosa is not equal to the task of getting rid Zuma as the majority of the ANC is still made up of corrupt and selfish leaders who put filling their own pockets before the needs of the people‚" Van Damme said.

Because neither Ramaphosa or Zuma appears willing to concede the talks are said to have reached something of a stalemate as the ANC prepares to begin the new year in earnest.

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