Zuma appeared to be threatening instability in the organisation that he has served his whole life – a last roll of the dice for a politician for whom the usual rules of political engagement never seemed to apply.
The decision by the ruling party’s national executive came after 13 hours of tense deliberations and one face-to-face meeting between Zuma and his presumed successor, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma’s resistance to vacate the top job may be a blessing in disguise as it will stress test the country’s political systems.
“The downgrade will send a clear message to Israel that there is a price to pay for its human rights abuses and violations of international law.”
The election of Cyril Ramaphosa as the new leader of the African National Congress doesn’t mean that the country is out of the woods. Political instability remains a real possibility.
Known for launching black-majority rule under the leadership of Nelson Mandela 23 years ago, the ANC has been deeply divided over scandal and graft allegations in Zuma’s presidency.
KwaZulu Natal province, situated on the east coast of South Africa, is the ancestral home of the scandal-prone president and will also command most votes at the ANC’s national conference in December.
About 30 ANC MPs sided with the opposition in the secret ballot, leaving Zuma with what one commentator said might prove to be a pyrrhic victory.
Zuma survived a close parliamentary no-confidence vote that would have forced him from office, provoking passionate support and opposition across the country.
Record high numbers turned out to participate in a historic dry run vote for the constituent assembly, aimed at easing tensions and creating a more representative constitution.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma will face no-confidence vote on August 8, five days later than originally planned because of a scheduling clash.
After repeated indictments at South Africa’s courts and a rising tide of discontent from his population, President Zuma seems to be at the end of the line.
Both Jacob Zuma and Hage Geingob have recently adopted a more populist rhetoric in response to pressures within their parties and in the face of declining economies.
A revolt within the African National Congress against President Jacob Zuma has reached new heights. He has survived, but the repercussions will be felt for some time to come.
Unemployment, economic stagnation and scandals around President Jacob Zuma led voters to punish the ANC, changing the outlook for national elections in 2019 and potentially emboldening Zuma’s rivals within the ANC to challenge him.
The ANC’s popularity in urban areas seems to be decreasing steadily, even as it remains popular in rural areas.
The main opposition party stepped up its criticism, saying the state prosecutor’s decision was an attempt to shield the president and buy him time before elections in August.
The Constitutional Court judgment in the opposition’s case against President Jacob Zuma for using public money on his private home represents the exercise of judicial authority and expertise at the highest level by international standards.