S.African MPs await ruling on Zuma vote

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© AFP/File | South African President and ANC leader Jacob Zuma has been accused of corruption amid public anger at alleged cronyism in his government

CAPE TOWN (AFP) – South Africa will learn Monday if a parliamentary vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma will be by secret ballot, a move that could encourage ANC lawmakers to oust him.Tuesday’s vote has become a test of African National Congress (ANC) unity as senior party figures have been increasingly critical of their leader, but it is unlikely to succeed in toppling Zuma.

The president, who came to power in 2009, has been implicated in multiple corruption scandals, while the country’s economy has fallen into recession and unemployment has risen to record levels.

The 75-year-old is due to step down as head of the ANC in December, and as president before the 2019 general election — lessening pressure for his party to…

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