TUE NOVEMBER 29 2016-South African President, Jacob Zuma today survived recall and dismissal as president of South Africa by members of the National Executive Committee of the ruling African National Congress, ANC, following surprise motion introduced by the country’ Tourism Minister, Derek Hanekom for his removal.
Hanekom’s motion was raised on the grounds that Zuma used his office to influence and benefit the Gupta Family, wealthy immigrant Indian family with ties with some heads of states in the continent and who are equally frequently associated with questionable business deals.
Sources in Pretoria say Zuma left immediately after the verdict to Havana, Cuba to attend the funeral of the later Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro.
Majority of the 80 member National Committee voted in favour of Zuma’s continuation as president. The committee has powers to recall the president if the vote had gone against him. In 2008, the powerful committee recalled Thabo Mbeki after he was defeated by Zuma in the ANC leadership context.
This will be the second time this year Zuma escaped removal from office following serious allegations of corruption. Earlier in the year, he survived removal after a South Africa court ruled that he violated his oath of office by refusing to refund public money spent to upgrade his rural homestead.