South Africa’s ruling African National Congress will vote in parliament to remove Jacob Zuma as president on Thursday after he rejected a call by the party to resign this week.
Paul Mashatile, the ANC treasurer general, said after a meeting of its parliamentary caucus on Wednesday that the party’s MPs would cast ballots against Mr Zuma in a no-confidence vote after days of political crisis in the ruling party.
The ANC would use a no-confidence motion that was already tabled by the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters to remove the president, Mr Mashatile said.
Jackson Mthembu, the ANC chief whip, said that the party would be approaching other parties over the vote. “We might as well tomorrow also, after we have voted for the removal [of Mr Zuma], elect a new president,” Mr Mthembu said.
The scandal-hit Mr Zuma has been under intense pressure to step down in favour of Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president and ANC leader, to take over.
Mr Zuma is yet to respond to the ANC’s formal sacking of him as the president, which was made official on Tuesday, but he has rebuffed calls to go so far.
The rand rallied to its strongest level against the dollar in more than two and a half years following the news. It climbed 1.31 per cent to hit R11.7843 per US dollar.
The rand had been one of the best-performing currencies last week as expectations grew that Mr Zuma would step down as president sooner than expected.