The End of Jacob Zuma?

February 05, 2018

South African President Jacob Zuma is facing increasing pressure to step down and relinquish his position as leader of the country.

Zuma was called into a meeting with six of the ANC’s top officials yesterday, where he was reportedly asked to step down.

The ANC’s National Executive Committee tasked the top six with discussing what the party is calling a “leadership transition” with the 75-year-old president.

While details of the discussion have not been released, 20 members of the ANC’s national working committee have been called to an urgent meeting today, leading to speculation that Zuma is unlikely to step down willingly.

Meanwhile, supporters of Zuma have clashed with supporters of his rival, new ANC leader, Cyril Ramaphosa, outside of ANC headquarters in Johannesburg.

Black First Land First (BLF) organised a “Hands Off Zuma” demonstration for this morning, while anti-Zuma protesters arrived to counter-protest, accusing BLF of trying to undermine the ANC’s leadership.

Zuma is set to deliver the State of the Nation Address on Thursday, 8 February.