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Transform RSA warns ANC top brass against removing Zuma

12 January 2018

She said that if Ramaphosa was truly serious about rooting out corruption‚ Zuma would no longer be the president of South Africa.

"The matter can not wait any longer", he said, adding: "I have chose to appoint a commission of inquiry".

Rising public frustration over multiple corruption allegations against Zuma have led some in the ruling African National Congress to urge him to step aside so the party can be in a stronger position to contest an election in 2019, it added.

"The allegations that the state has been wrestled out of the hands of its real owner' the people of South Africa' is of paramount importance and are therefore deserving of finality and certainty'" Zuma said in a statement yesterday.

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But talks of a motion to remove Zuma being forced into the agenda have been gaining momentum.

President Jacob Zuma and ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa have had intimate meetings, as speculation over Zuma's future as head of state remains uncertain.

Zuma, who has denied wrongdoing, said he has appealed the order to pay the costs himself but is moving ahead with a commission of inquiry because "this matter has occupied the public mind for some time now and deserves urgent attention".

South Africa is not a parliamentary democracy, but a constitutional democracy.

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He was briefing the media on the sidelines of a special national executive committee meeting held on Wednesday, just days before Ramaphosa delivered his first January 8 statement in celebration of the ANC's 106 years of existence.

Zuma may have warded off an ouster bid by agreeing to the establishment of a commission headed by a judge nominated by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to investigate the claims that the Guptas had wielded undue control over the state.

Transform RSA was demanding "an unequivocal and unconditional undertaking" by the party and its NEC, allies and partners that there would be no intention to discuss or decide on removing Zuma from office.

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Transform RSA warns ANC top brass against removing Zuma