South Africa: No-confidence vote against Zuma scheduled

The calls for Zuma to step down have grown louder ever-since he was replaced as leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party in December; interestingly, so far Zuma has survived several no-confidence votes during his scandal-plagued presidency.

Zuma, 75, is currently battling a string of corruption allegations and top ANC officials including Cyril Ramaphosa, the party’s new leader, have been discussing options for Zuma’s departure. Zuma is expected to meet the party’s top six officials this weekend, but the agenda of the meeting has not been disclosed.

Reportedly, the ultra-left EFF party wrote a letter to parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete earlier this week, asking that she schedule a no-confidence vote before the president’s state of the nation address to parliament on February 8. Another opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, earlier demanded to postpone the state of the nation address until Zuma had been removed from office.