ANC plans for early Zuma exit: report

The ANC is planning to approach president Jacob Zuma to try and convince him to step down as president and allow Cyril Ramaphosa to take charge of the country and start work for the 2019 elections, City Press reports.

Citing insiders and ‘party leaders’, the paper said that practically everyone agrees that the sooner Zuma goes, the better – but it wants an easy exit outside of ANC NEC processes, and thus is hoping to convince Zuma it is for the best.

It has reportedly been proposed that Ramaphosa, and new party secretary general Ace Magashule – a strong Zuma ally – lead the talks with the president to convince him that his scandals and history will do untold damage to the ANC if he remains.

However, other Zuma supporters told the paper that it will not happen, and that they were ready to fight.

With the ANC’s NEC split 50/50 between Ramaphosa’s camp and Zuma’s camp, the new ANC president does not have an outright majority to exercise his political will, which complicates the process.

Zuma’s supporters argue that there needs to be reason to recall a sitting president, and with Zuma, there is none. His opponents have said with Zuma and Ramaphosa as top leaders, it creates two centres of power within the party, which is divisive.

You can read the full story in the City Press.

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ANC plans for early Zuma exit: report