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Thursday, February 22, 2018

The political crisis in South Africa: the President resign because of corruption

The ruling in South Africa African national Congress (ANC) gave President Jacob Zuma 48 hours to leave his post. This decision was taken February 12 at a special meeting of the party, which lasted a long 13 hours. In the case that the head of state refuses to fulfill the conditions put forward, it will be removed from office through the Declaration of a vote of no confidence. On the requirements of the party, Zuma said the ANC leader Cyril of Ramaphosa at a personal meeting.

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Earlier in mass media there were reports that Jacob Zuma has long been preparing to resign because of the scandal with embezzlement of state property. In connection with the situation in South Africa the ruling party is under pressure from the opposition, which for several years have disrupted the meeting of the legislative Assembly, demanding Zuma to compensate the budget damage.

The idea is that the President allegedly spent state funds to repair his private house and the construction of the pool. In 2016, the country’s Supreme court ruled that Zuma had violated the Constitution due to the failure to return a part of spent funds. Also in the recent address Zuma has made the new charges, he was suspected of having links with influential Indian clan Gupta, who could intervene in the management of South Africa. The conclusions were drawn from the published e-mails, but President Zuma denied all the charges. A couple of years ago to the President, the opposition accused that his four wives (and the President of South Africa – an open polygamist, according to Zulu tradition) at the expense of the budget it was purchased 11 cars!

By law, the period of stay is 75-year-old Zuma in power ends in 2019, and then had to go through the next election. Local press reports that Zuma, after he was informed of the decision of the party at an informal meeting and demanded more time, namely a few months. Media noted that the purpose of the South African President to remain in office until the next summit of the BRICS (South Africa is included in this group along with Brazil, Russia, India and China), which is scheduled for July this year in Sandton (South Africa).

“More data will be known at the press conference of the ANC, says “MK” researcher of research Center of South Africa, Institute of African studies Vasily SIDOROV. – Negotiations between Zuma, which is obviously unpopular in the country, and the leader of the African National Congress Ramaphosa. The situation inside the ANC rather strained, Zuma doesn’t want to leave, but he objectively does not control the situation in the country. The opposition accuses him of insolvency.”

Interestingly, the expected resignation of the President of the country with humor called “sexit” by analogy with “brexton”.

Recall that in neighbouring South Africa country – Zimbabwe in November last year, President Mugabe was dismissed. Stories of developments in the cases of the two countries is remarkably similar. 93-year-old head of state has filed a petition for his removal from office to “ensure a smooth transfer of power.” Parliamentarians in the official resolution, however, has accused Mugabe of crimes, numerous violations of the Constitution and inability to perform duties because of mental and physical incapacity.

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