EFF: Zuma Is Gone, Now Dissolve Parliament

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The parliament has scheduled the election of a new President on Friday at the joint sitting of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces.

Malema said now was the time for more vigilance, even though Zuma has left office. And there was no possibility the EFF motion of no confidence was going to be withdrawn. There shouldn't be an election of a president.

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule - a known Zuma ally - told a media briefing at the party's headquarters‚ Chief Albert Luthuli House‚ that the decision was taken after exhaustive, 13-hour discussions on Monday through the night and into the early hours of this morning. "We in this parliament are the same as Jacob Zuma and so therefore no one amongst us qualifies to be a president of South Africa if Zuma doesn't qualify to be a president of South Africa".

The ANC's 62% majority in parliament means that it will not need any opposition votes to elect Ramaphosa, and after the party's national executive committee "recalled" Zuma on Tuesday, and resolved that its newly-anointed president should replace him.

The EFF have walked out of the National Assembly, where proceedings to elect South Africa's new president were underway on Thursday.

In describing Zuma's departure, Malema said the former president's "legacy of corruption" is now in the "dustbin of history".

Magashule also said there was no deadline for Zuma to resign based on the NEC's decision. We don't have a Jacob Zuma we have an ANC problem. So we should just go back and get a fresh mandate. We can not continue to be in a state of limbo, we need to bring certainty that, yes we are now on course, and government and parliament are working.

It is expected that ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa will be sworn in as the head of state.

"The EFF will however participate in the State of the Nation Address and will robustly engage all the issues that will be raised there. My wish is that all of us should be able to work and lead our people with great courage", Ramaphosa said.