[S Africa] Jacob Zuma ordered to go away

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A.N.C. Tells Jacob Zuma to Step Down as South Africa’s President

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President Jacob Zuma of South Africa in 2015. The confrontation
between Mr. Zuma and his party, the African National Congress,
heightened a power struggle that has paralyzed the country.
Credit Nic Bothma/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

JOHANNESBURG — Top leaders of South Africa’s governing party
ordered President Jacob Zuma to step down on Tuesday, saying that
his continued presence was eroding the “renewed hope” felt since
the election of new party leaders in December.

Ace Magashule, secretary general of the African National
Congress, said that the party had not given Mr. Zuma a deadline
to respond, but added that he was certain that the president
would deliver a reply the next day. “Let’s leave it to President
Jacob Zuma,” Mr. Magashule said at a news conference at party
headquarters in Johannesburg.

The extraordinary confrontation between Mr. Zuma and A.N.C.
leaders heightened a power struggle within the party that has
governed South Africa since the end of apartheid and has become
less known for its heroic past than for widespread corruption and
mismanagement. The power struggle has paralyzed South Africa,
which has the continent’s largest economy.

In what appeared to be a turning point, the A.N.C., for the first
time, moved decisively against the leader it had shielded for the
past nine years against a seemingly endless series of accusations
of misconduct. But in an indication of what may be the limits of
the A.N.C.’s self-inquiry, party leaders stated that Mr. Zuma was
being dismissed because he was harming the A.N.C.’s prospects —
not because of the ethical issues surrounding him.

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“President Zuma has not been found guilty by any court of law,”
Mr. Magashule said. “And when we took these decisions, we did not
take these decisions because Comrade Jacob Zuma has done anything
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The drawn-out negotiations over Mr. Zuma’s future have cast a
pall over the optimism that followed Cyril Ramaphosa’s election
in December to succeed him as leader of the A.N.C., and his
pledge to steer South Africa on a new course. Although Mr.
Ramaphosa, deputy president since 2014, has a mixed record in
both politics and business, he has spoken forcefully against
corruption and is allied with A.N.C. officials with reputations
as reformers.

Party leaders did not address how they would respond if Mr. Zuma
did not step down, but the A.N.C. would almost certainly have to
remove him through a vote of no confidence in Parliament if he
refuses to meet their demand, an option that it would like to

A no-confidence vote would bring fresh attention to the
widespread corruption in the A.N.C. and expose the governing
party to charges of hypocrisy. It has used its dominance in
Parliament to quash eight previous opposition-led motions of no
confidence, as recently as last August.

In a meeting with party leaders Monday night, Mr. Zuma was
defiant, insisting that he had done nothing wrong and refusing to
resign, according to the local news media.

Mr. Magashule said that Mr. Zuma had asked to serve for an
additional three to six months before stepping down. But Mr.
Magashule said that party leaders rejected the request, saying,
“the period is too long.”

Officials pushing for Mr. Zuma’s early exit had argued that the
longer he stayed in power, the harder it would be for Mr.
Ramaphosa to rebuild the A.N.C. before national elections in

Mr. Magashule said that the uncertainty over the presidency would
“erode the renewed hope and confidence among South Africans”
since the party elections in December.

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Mr. Magashule, a longtime ally of Mr. Zuma’s, dismissed
suggestions that the party’s move had also been influenced by
corruption charges and inquiries that the president is facing.

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The A.N.C.’s decision to dismiss Mr. Zuma was the culmination of
a week of high-level party meetings and direct talks that failed
to resolve an impasse between Mr. Zuma and Mr. Ramaphosa. Seeking
to avoid a confrontation that could deepen a party split, Mr.
Ramaphosa had pressed Mr. Zuma to resign voluntarily.

Under the Constitution, Parliament selects the president,
effectively putting the decision in the hands of the A.N.C.’s top
leaders. Mr. Magashule said on Tuesday that the A.N.C. had no
immediate plans to put forward a motion against Mr. Zuma.

A vote of no confidence was already scheduled for Feb. 22,
however, and opposition parties are demanding that it be moved up
to this week, putting the governing party in an awkward position.
A.N.C. lawmakers would have to work with the opposition, which
could then claim credit for removing the president. Or they could
choose to vote against the opposition-led motion and put forward
their own, prolonging the crisis.

The A.N.C.’s leaders hammered out their position in a marathon
meeting of the party’s national executive committee at a hotel in
Pretoria, the capital, which started Monday afternoon and lasted
into Tuesday’s predawn hours.

Around midnight, Mr. Ramaphosa’s motorcade was seen making its
way to Mr. Zuma’s residence, where Mr. Ramaphosa directly asked
for the president’s resignation.

Mr. Magashule, who accompanied Mr. Ramaphosa, said that Mr. Zuma
pleaded again for more time.

“Our discussions were very cordial,” Mr. Magashule said.

After the president refused to step down, Mr. Ramaphosa’s
motorcade returned to the hotel where, in a tense meeting over
the next few hours, Mr. Ramaphosa pushed members of the executive
committee to formally demand that the president step down.

The developments amounted to a setback for Mr. Ramaphosa, who had
confidently told South Africans increasingly weary of the
continuing power struggle that Mr. Zuma’s future would be
finalized during the meeting on Monday.

The situation appeared to be moving in Mr. Ramaphosa’s direction
last week. A scheduled executive committee meeting was suddenly
canceled after he began direct talks with Mr. Zuma, which he had
optimistically described as “constructive.” But despite Mr.
Ramaphosa’s reputation as a skilled negotiator, the talks
ultimately proved unfruitful.

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At the A.N.C. elective conference in December, Mr. Ramaphosa’s
margin of victory over Mr. Zuma’s chosen successor was slim,
indicating the deep party split and presaging the difficulties he
would face in pressing Mr. Zuma to step down as the nation’s
leader before his term expires in mid-2019.

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