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Jacob Zuma survives ANC’s motion to step down – report

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President Jacob Zuma is said to have survived a motion to vacate his office during the weekend long ANC NEC meeting.

According to report from News24, NEC members who were in attendance confirmed Zuma had survived the motion to vacate office, the motion is said to have been put forward by Joel Netshitenzhe.

This is the second motion to leave office the president has survived in the past six months. The previous one was brought forward by Derek Hanekom.

Calls for Zuma to step down have intensified in the past year from some members of the ANC including the party’s stalwarts, opposition parties as well as the civil society. The calls come following the Public Protector’s State of Capture report which lays bare his close ties with the Gupta family who have been accused of having a hand in the appointment of cabinet minister.

Plans to debate a no-confidence motion in Zuma were blocked by the chairman of the meeting of the ANC’s executive committee (NEC), state-owned broadcaster SABC said. Media reports said several NEC members had tried to force a debate on his future.

The ANC is, today, expected to brief the media on the outcomes of the NEC meeting.

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