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South Africa's chief prosecutor will say on Friday whether former president Jacob Zuma will face prosecution on corruption charges that haunted much of his term in office.Read More
Pretoria (AFP) Former South African president Jacob Zuma will face prosecution on corruption charges that haunted much of his term in office, the country’s chief prosecutor said Friday. Zuma is accused of taking kickbacks from the $5 billion purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats and other arms, manufactured by five European firms, including British military equipment maker BAE Systems and French company Thales. National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku confirmed to AFP that Thales would also face prosecution, alongside Zuma. Thales declined to make any immediate comment. “After considerationRead More

Posted On February 12, 2018By In None

How S.Africa’s Zuma might leave office

Pressure is mounting on South Africa's scandal-tarred president, Jacob Zuma, to leave office ahead of elections next year.Read More
Cape Town (AFP) Pressure is mounting on South Africa’s scandal-tarred president, Jacob Zuma, to leave office ahead of elections next year. Here are the ways by which he could leave office early: – Vote of no confidence – Zuma’s enemies have previously sought to topple him with parliamentary votes of no confidence. Several such motions have been tabled in parliament but failed. During the last attempt, in August, the president’s opponents fell short by only 24 votes after some lawmakers from Zuma’s own African National Congress (ANC) party voted againstRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) South Africa’s political impasse deepened on Saturday with no resolution to extended talks over President Jacob Zuma’s expected departure from office after his own party called for him to resign. Cyril Ramaphosa, the president-in-waiting, and the ruling ANC party have said negotiations should be concluded within days, but have given no details on how Zuma will be eased out of power. The stalemate has left South Africa’s political scene in limbo, with a series of public events cancelled this week including Thursday’s State of the Nation address toRead More

Posted On February 9, 2018By In None

ANC bosses clear diaries as Zuma exit looms

The leaders of South Africa's ruling party pulled out of a series of public engagements Friday, fuelling speculation that they will meet to finalise the departure of embattled President Jacob Zuma.Read More
Johannesburg (AFP) The leaders of South Africa’s ruling party pulled out of a series of public engagements Friday, fuelling speculation that they will meet to finalise the departure of embattled President Jacob Zuma. African National Congress (ANC) party officials met with Zuma over the weekend to request his resignation, but he refused, triggering a week of dramatic political manoeuvering. The ANC said in a statement on Thursday that it was awaiting the “imminent conclusion” of negotiations between Zuma and his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa, the president-in-waiting. The sudden decision by theRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) President Jacob Zuma’s exit from office edged closer Friday as South African ruling party leaders cancelled a series of public appearances, fuelling speculation they were finalising his departure. Zuma has refused to resign despite a request from senior African National Congress (ANC) officials, triggering a fevered week of negotiations with Cyril Ramaphosa, his likely successor. The sudden decision by the party’s “top six” leaders to abandon plans to join celebrations in Cape Town marking the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth prompted further reports that Zuma was aboutRead More
Cape Town (AFP) South Africa’s opposition demanded Thursday that the ruling ANC party end confusion over President Jacob Zuma’s expected departure from office as slow-motion handover talks continued in Cape Town. ANC party officials met with Zuma on Sunday to request his resignation, but he refused, triggering a week of dramatic political manoeuvering. Cyril Ramaphosa, the president-in-waiting, has said that “transition” talks with Zuma were making progress. But he gave no further details and admitted that the process was causing “uncertainty surrounding the position of head of state”. Leader ofRead More
South Africa's deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday said he expected that a decision would be reached in "coming days" on the political future of embattled leader Jacob Zuma.Read More