South African Zuma to set up anti-graft probe


On Sunday parliament said it would meet this week and review its rules relating to removing the country's president, after the constitutional court said on December 29 lawmakers had previously failed to hold Zuma to account, further fuelling rumours of an early exit for the 75-year-old leader.

In the run-up to the NEC's first meeting yesterday, it was believed that the matter would be addressed in relation to the future of President Jacob Zuma as the head of state. Media is also speculating that Cyril Ramaphosa, who defeated Zuma's preferred candidate, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, will be trying to force Zuma out of the presidency to clear the way for reform of the party, which is suffering erosion of electoral support.

The president made the statement after Opposition called for Zuma's impeachment.

Fick said it is unlikely that the ANC would take the bold step of letting Zuma be removed through a parliamentary process should he refuse to adhere to a party process. Nevertheless, the Constitutional Court gave parliament six months to put in place a mechanism for removing the president.

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In 2016 a damning report questioned Zuma's dealings with the Guptas, a wealthy family of Indian origin, who allegedly were granted influence over his cabinet appointments.

"Attacks on President Jacob Zuma have never been attacks on him as an individual, but they are particularly driven by the intention to divide the African National Congress". The president approved the probe in a private meeting with Ramaphosa on January 7, according to three ANC officials with knowledge of the matter who asked not to be identified because the talks weren't publicly disclosed.

The rand has weakened 0.8% over the past two days, as expectations of Zuma's imminent exit receded, and was 12.46 per dollar at 9:19 a.m. on Thursday in Johannesburg.