South African police arrest Zuma associates amid influence-peddling probe

Deputy South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and embattled President Jacob Zuma

OUTA's comments were prompted by the ANC's decision to inform the nation that it had no choice but to recall the "deployee", as party secretary general Ace Magashule described Zuma in a media briefing at the ANC head office in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

The NEC noted the report of the Officials that the President had agreed in principle to resign and had proposed time frames extending from three to six months.

The meeting of the ANC's national executive committee (NEC) was called after it became clear over the weekend that almost five days of talks between Zuma, an anti-apartheid activist who has been South Africa's president since 2009, and Ramaphosa, who took over the leadership of the ANC in December, had failed.

The South African parliament will hold a vote of no-confidence in Zuma on Thursday if he refuses to go, the ANC says.

BUSINESS Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has welcomed as "courageous" the decision by the African National Congress (ANC) to recall President Jacob Zuma.

Ramphosa said on Wednesday that he and Zuma had been holding direct talks on a transfer of power.

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said Zuma would speak at 0800 GMT and satellite trucks were in position at Pretoria's Union Buildings, the seat of the country's government.

Zuma was elected president in 2009.

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The caucus was addressed by ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile and coincides with the arrest of three people linked to the Hawks' state capture investigation.

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC) convened a special meeting on Monday, 12th February 2018 at the Saint George Hotel, Tshwane.

The struggle has put Zuma at loggerheads with deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, his likely successor, who is the new head of the ANC.

The president has been discredited by corruption scandals but has been clinging onto power. The party, once led by Nelson Mandela, has ruled South Africa since 1994, and led the country out of apartheid.

The SABC, South Africa's state broadcaster, said a Gupta family member was among those detained.

Also Wednesday, police raided the home of prominent business associates of Zuma who are accused of being at the centre of corruption scandals that have infuriated the country, hurt the ANC's popularity and weakened the economy. A judicial commission is about to start a probe of alleged looting of state enterprises by Zuma's associates, and prosecutors are expected to announce soon whether they will reinstate corruption charges tied to an arms deal two decades ago.

Originally from India, the Guptas became part of Mr Zuma's inner circle, to the point where they were reportedly hiring and firing government ministers.

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