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Zuma’s continued stay in office angers SACP, Cosatu

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Alliance partners of the African National Congress (ANC), the South African Communist Party (SACP) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) have used the Nelson Mandela centennial celebrations in Cape Town to vent their unhappiness about president Jacob Zuma’s continued stay in office.

Cosatu’s second Deputy president Zingiswa Losi says the labour federation has long pronounced on Zuma.

“We want the ANC that is going to put the issue of jobs at the center of their own mandate… We also want the leadership of the ANC to fight corruption without fear or favour. Cosatu is also saying amongst the issues that the leadership must further deal with is the issue of Cosatu on the recall of president Zuma.”

SACP provincial secretary Benson Ngqentsu says the President of the country is entangled in numerous allegations of corruption.

“We are saying this centenary must represent nothing but the reclaiming of the city of Cape Town and the legislature. It must represent the organisational renewal of the ANC… and we are saying for as long as the ANC continues to keep corrupt people within its ranks, the whole question of renewal remains meaningless. The SACP wants to register its message, to say the longer you keep President Zuma, the worse for our people, and the worse for our revolution.”

 

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Still no word on President Zuma’s fate

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The African National Congress (ANC) is still mum on the details of the talks on the fate of President Jacob Zuma.

This as opposition parties prepare to force the Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete to reschedule the debate of the motion of no confidence in Zuma as early as next week.

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa has spent the week holding talks with the embattled Zuma to discuss issues relating to his imminent departure from high office.

Following the postponement of the State of the Nation Address (Sona), Zuma has had his public engagements reduced as the nation anxiously awaits a decision on his future.

It’s been one of the most toughest week for the ANC top leadership, as tension over the future President Zuma as Head of State heightened.

On Thursday, Ramaphosa addressed the ANC parliamentary caucus for the first time this year, amid growing anxiety over plans by opposition parties to stage a major government shutdown in protest against President Zuma’s continued stay in office.

Faced with mounting pressure to expedite Zuma’s recall, Ramaphosa was forced to issue a statement earlier in the week to assure South Africans that talks regarding the fate of the country’s President were on course.

Both Ramaphosa and ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe had to cancel their participation in the planned weekend ANC mass mobilisation campaigns in the Cape, to concentrate on discussions to secure Zuma’s dignified exit.

The postponement of the Ubuntu Awards due to be addressed by President Zuma, fuelled more speculations that the fate of the President might be sealed this weekend.

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ANC leadership meets President Zuma

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African National Congress (ANC) top officials are due to meet with President Jacob Zuma on Sunday evening, presumably to discuss his departure from office, and to determine whether he will deliver the State of the Nation Address on Thursday.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at the President’s official residence in Pretoria. It’s understood that ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa won’t be part of the meeting.

Instead the ANC delegation will be led by the party’s Deputy President, David Mabuza.

The National Executive and Working Committees had resolved last month that the top 6 officials handle the process of transition.

There’s been mounting pressure from within and outside the party for President Zuma to step down as head of state.

It’s believed if he stays on – he will hamper the party’s electioneering for 2019.

The much anticipated meeting is expected to discuss how exactly the transition should take place.

The sit down with the President follows the Top 6 programme to honor chiefs, Kings and Queens and religious leaders. Ramaphosa, Jessie Duarte, Ace Magashule and David Mabuza visited traditional leaders in Limpopo this weekend.

Chairperson Gwede Mantashe visited the St John’s Apostolic Church in Katlehong. – Additional reporting by Noma Bolani and Aldrin Sampear

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Prime discussion: NPA & Shaun Abrahams challenge high court ruling

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Dark cloud of impeachment

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AS PARLIAMENT prepares for Jacob Zuma delivering what is looming to be his last state of the nation address (Sona), a subcommittee is finishing a set of rules that will govern procedures to be followed for the removal of a president. This process is hanging like a dark cloud over Thursday, February 8, when Zuma
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Rand weaker ahead of rates decision

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The rand continued to trade sideways on Tuesday, inching weaker against the dollar with investors looking to hold positions ahead of a local interest rate decision later this week.

At 06:30 GMT the rand was 0.14% weaker at 12.3175 per dollar compared to a close of 12.3000 overnight in New York.

The currency initially saw some gains in offshore trade, reaching 12.2850, its firmest since January 4, with inflows driven by higher gold prices and mounting speculation that President Jacob Zuma would soon be forced out of office.

But with little clarity on Zuma’s future and U.S. manufacturing data due in the session investors looked to consolidate recent gains and get ahead of a dollar rebound.

Technical analysis suggests the rand could break in either direction in coming weeks, with support at 12.50 and resistance around 12.20, the latter a major target for bullish bets of a rally below the 12.00 mark. The Reserve Bank is expected to keep interest rates unchanged on Thursday, with seventeen of the twenty economists polled by Reuters last week expecting the bank will leave rates at 6.75%.

Bonds were flat, with the yield on the benchmark paper due in 2026 at 8.51%.

Stocks were set to open higher at 07:00 GMT, with the futures index of benchmark Top-40 up 0.25%.

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Universities insist they were not consulted on free education

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Universities and government have once again clashed, with vice chancellors insisting that they were not consulted about the implementation of President Jacob Zuma’s free higher education plan.

Zuma announced the plan at the African National Congress national elective conference last month.

Meanwhile, Morris Masuthu, the man who is believed to be the mastermind behind the plan, says free higher education is feasible in South Africa.

“It’s long overdue, it’s an issue of life and death. We have a bulk of youth unemployable, the only pre-condition to any form of progress is skilling those young people for them to become economically active so that you have some degree of economy moving forward. The feasibility of higher education in itself has been interpreted through narrow budget interpretations, it must be looked at as a real investment and not a cost,” says Masuthu.

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Zuma urges South Africans to protect the elderly

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President Jacob Zuma has emphasised the importance of caring for and protecting elderly people. He was speaking at the annual Christmas party organised by the Jacob G. Zuma Foundation at Nkandla in the northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Senior citizens, some as old as 107 received their Christmas presents from the President.

It was a day filled with joy and excitement as the elderly received their Christmas presents including groceries and blankets. This year, the foundation marks its 20th anniversary.

Speaking at the function, President Zuma called on South Africans to care for and protect elderly people. The elderly were excited to receive their Christmas presents from the President. They went home with groceries and blankets.

Meanwhile, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has re-iterated that the payment of social grants will not be interrupted with the new agreement signed by the South African Social Security Agency (Sasa) and the South African Post Office.

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‘Immediate decision unrealistic’

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NATIONAL Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams has appointed a team of prosecutors to consider submissions by President Jacob Zuma as to why fraud and corruption charges should not be reinstated against him. The prosecuting team, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku said, would also look at submissions made by the DA that 783
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Prime discussion | DA slams capture review “twist”

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