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ANC, opposition parties, unite to remove Jacob Zuma in parliament, massive protests on Thursday

Reports from South Africa say the ruling ANC and opposition parties are expected to unite in parliament on Thursday, February 15, to pass a vote of no-confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

South Africa’s main opposition leader, Mmusi Maimane, has also called for a mass protest tomorrow, to demand the President’s removal from power.

He tweeted: “Fellow South Africans, let us gather outside parliament tomorrow at 12:30. Bring everyone. Let’s remove Jacob Zuma. Gather in your numbers, business, civil society and religious bodies. It’s time for our nation to move on from #Zuma”

This comes after Zuma refused to heed his party’s advice to resign in the midst of massive allegations of corruption and abuse of office.

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In a televised interview on SABC this afternoon, Zuma said the ANC leadership had plunged the party into a crisis that it will come to regret.

 

“You don’t force people [to resign]… You don’t apply your authority in a manner that could cause a problem”, he said, warning that the ANC could split and there could be unrest.

He said he was elected by parliament, and will leave parliament to decide his fate.

 

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