S.Africa's ruling ANC confirms discussing Zuma exit


The rumour mill went into overdraft when the Presidency announced that Zuma was unable to attend Monday's inauguration of former football star George Weah as the new Liberian president in Monrovia.

South Africa's ruling party confirmed Monday that discussions were underway on President Jacob Zuma's departure from office, possibly signalling the coming end to his scandal-tainted nine-year reign.

"We haven't reached a decision that President Zuma must go or President Zuma must stay". SA Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane represented Pretoria. But Ramaphosa has cautioned against humiliating Zuma, who is mired in several court cases that include allegations of possible corruption, and called for sensitivity in managing his removal. It also includes the upcoming State of the Nation address in Parliament on February 8 as well as the subsequent traditional debate of his address on February 15.

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The party executive "discussed this matter. there will be interaction between officials, President Zuma and (party) president Ramaphosa", ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule told reporters.

Magashule denied claims that Zuma would be made to resign this week‚ saying that the ANC should be given time and space to deal with the matter.

Other ANC sources have told News24 that they don't expect any major announcements around President Zuma's fate to be made while Ramaphosa was out of the country.He is now leading a Team South Africa delegation at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.