South Africa on edge: Zuma's shaky rule spells trouble for the region

Cheryl Sanders
April 19, 2017

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki has called on ANC MPs to vote in the interest of the people instead of serving their party interests as the country's parliament prepares to debate on a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday next week.

Subsequently, the main opposition parties such as the leftist Economic Freedom fighters and the Democratic Alliance led the marriage to put pressure on Zuma and his government.

The president's landmark 75th birthday was celebrated in distinctly different ways in Kliptown and Pretoria, with some wishing him good health and others vehemently calling for the end of his presidency.

The day after it was announced, Zuma's Deputy-President Cyril Ramaphosa said firing Gordhan was "totally unacceptable" and leading ANC officials said they had not been consulted about the reshuffle.

According to a joint statement delivered by UDM President Bantu Holomisa on Monday, protesters from all walks of life and political and social affiliations are encouraged to begin assembling at 9am in Pretoria's Church Square on Wednesday.

The support on the ground has been overwhelming, with so many South Africans supporting the petition and expressing anger at Jacob Zuma's refusal to leave the presidency in the face of widespread protests.

Zuma had accused Friday's marchers of having racist motives. However, the ruling party (ANC) is still backing Zuma and denying the allegation of corruption. "We don't care whether you are white, whether you are Indian, whether you are black, we are here to defend the future of our children".

Zuma thanked the party for hosting the birthday celebration for him, saying he is shocked the party did this for him. "The past two weeks' enormous groundswell of protest action against Zuma, along with this growing petition, show that Zuma must go", said the DA spokesperson.

Echoing the comments of Michael Power, a strategist at Investec Asset Management who had spoken earlier with CNBC's "Street Signs", Newton recommended a wait-and-see approach for current and potential investors in South Africa.

"Solving the country's challenges has to begin by fixing the ANC, which is why no one can remove the President out of office unless through the ANC", Manganye said.

In another development, parliament said a motion of no-confidence in Zuma called by the opposition had been postponed until a court decided whether the vote should be taken by secret ballot.

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