Is this the end for Jacob Zuma?

By Kirstin Buick
28 November 2016

"The tide is turning and we are now at a tipping point."

President Zuma's future hangs in the balance after members of the ANC's national executive committee (NEC) asked him to step down this weekend.

Tourism Minister, Derek Hanekom, sent shock waves through the party when he made a motion at the weekend, in which he asked President Jacob Zuma step down from the NEC.

"Those set on removing Zuma were lobbying for a secret ballot to determine the president’s fate," City Press reported. "A secret ballot could be the nail in Zuma’s coffin as it would empower those who fear a backlash.

Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina tied the knot in Stellenbosch this past weekend and a few Zuma loyalists attended the affair.

“I don’t believe that Derek Hanekom planned the move. I think he noticed that a few of Zuma’s supporters were absent and took the gap,”says Prof. Duvenhage.

Because Zuma has managed to escape all other motions of no confidence filed against him, it’s like that he’ll survive this one too.

“But I believe that it’s a start for an ANC that wants to drive Zuma out.”

The NEC meeting is still underway at the moment.

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