EFF won't participate in election of new president

President Jacob Zuma briefs the nation on his decision after the ANC NEC decided to recall him

The ANC is proposing that its president, Cyril Ramaphosa, be elected president, the office of its Chief Whip confirmed.

"The National Assembly Programme Committee will meet on Thursday, 15 February 2018, to consider the programme".

He also brought up Ramaphosa's cosy relationship with the business world, as well as his tie-in to the Marikana massacre, the clearest indication yet that the EFF has found a line of attack against the new ANC president (and presumptive state president) who has otherwise enjoyed widespread public adulation since he won the elective race at the ANC's 54th national conference in December.

The EFF was supposed to debate its motion of no confidence in Zuma if he refused to resign on Wednesday. "A decision has been taken, it must be implemented", the newly elected treasurer-general of the governing party, Paul Mashatile told parliamentary journalists earlier on Wednesday.

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ANC secretary general Ace Magashule and his deputy Jessie Duarte delivered Zuma's recall letter to the presidential guesthouse on Tuesday morning.

But at the moment there is uncertainty whether Zuma will resign or not.

Meanwhile Durban-based social cohesion forum the Active Citizens Movement (ACM) - which once accused Zuma of taking the country on a "dangerous path of instability" - has hailed his resignation as a "victory for democracy". We call on all South Africans to not fall victim of Zuma's crocodile tears and victimhood games he plays every time he is in the wrong. We can be cleansed by the election process. "We can not afford to have parliament in a state of limbo", said Mthembu.

Mahambehlala warned that "removing a deployed cadre through a motion of no confidence is counter revolutionary". "I pray that you have the courage to do the right thing even if it is not popular...even if the comrade say let us go left but you know the right is the way to go". "We can not be the respecters of the constitution when it comes to Zuma, but when it comes to us, we want to pretend that we are clean", he said.

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