Crunch-time in South Africa
By Nsikan Ikpe
Remember the old children’s folk game: ‘fire on the mountain, run, run, run, run?’ That is what South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma is grappling with today.
On Sunday, the ANC Six, namely, the six principal leaders of the ruling African National Congress are scheduled to present to him the consensus of the National Executive Committee of the ruling party, that he should step down from office before the scheduled State of the nation session in parliament next Thursday.
And if he does not comply? The party of Nelson Mandela would likely then be collaborating with the opposition in parliament to ensure his formal impeachment from office.
Though this clearly is not the preferred option for incumbent ANC leader and Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, however the continuing insistence by the Zuma camp to continue to call everyone’s bluff, may however eventually force his hand.
South Africa holds critical national elections in 2019 and the ANC presently has a very tough task convincing voters that the party can be trusted to run a clean and progressive government after the Jacob Zuma debacle.
We will keep you posted on further developments as they break.
Embattled President, Jacob Zuma of South Africa