ANC Youth League will oppose a Zuma recall

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The Constitutional Court had ruled almost two weeks ago that MPs failed to hold Zuma accountable for the millions in public money used to upgrade his personal residence.

The ANC's National Executive Committee didn't discuss the option of forcing Zuma from office at a meeting Wednesday in the southern city of East London, according to three members of the panel who spoke on condition of anonymity.

President Jacob Zuma's statement, issued on the eve of a high-level ruling party meeting where his fate is a certain topic of discussion, said any further delay will make the public doubt the government's resolve to fight graft.

Magashule said that there was only one item on the agenda, namely ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa's speech, celebrating the ANC's 106th birthday.

"The procedures for election and removal of president of South Africa are clearly set out in the constitution, and it is not our intention in this letter to recount each and every constitutional provision, other than reminding the NEC that you are not an appointing nor a removal authority about any person holding or due to hold position of president of South Africa". "His hand has been forced", said Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance, reported ABC News. But the priority was not "alienating his KwaZulu-Natal support base".

After the Constitutional Court found against him, he eventually reimbursed the equivalent of around United States dollars 500,000 for non-security-related work at his homestead, a sum set by the treasury.

Zuma may have warded off an ouster bid by agreeing to the establishment of a commission headed by a judge nominated by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to investigate the claims that the Guptas had wielded undue control over the state.

Ramaphosa was said to be negotiating Zuma's resignation as head of state.

Zuma, however, has shown no intentions of resigning.

The claim incensed safe-sex campaigners - not least because Zuma was head of the country's national AIDS council at the time.