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South African ruling party expected to finalize Zuma’s departure

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South African ruling party expected to finalize Zuma’s departure

South African ruling party expected to finalize Zuma’s departure

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) was on Monday expected to make a decision about President Jacob Zuma’s removal from office.

The party’s National Executive Committee (NEC), a key decision-making body, scheduled an “urgent” meeting from 1200 GMT in the capital, Pretoria, the ANC said in a statement.

Zuma, 75, is under increasing pressure to resign before the end of his term following a series of corruption scandals.

Talks at top levels of the ANC started on February 4, with South Africans anxiously awaiting a decision about the man who has been their leader since 2009.

Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, the trade unionist-turned-businessman, was elected to lead the ruling party in December last year after Zuma’s second term as party president ended.

If Zuma steps down as president of South Africa, Ramaphosa is likely to succeed him.

South African media have reported that Zuma is negotiating the terms of his exit with the ANC’s senior members.

Zuma is accused of allowing “state capture” by a wealthy Indian business family, the Guptas, who were granted lucrative business deals and possibly even influenced ministerial appointments.

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