The latest attempt at ousting President Jacob Zuma from his position as President of South Africa seems to have come to naught. This latest ousting attempt had come as a surprise to members of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) which has help power since 1994.
It came as a rebellion of senior government figures that included at least four ministers. The rebellion had caused a weekend meeting of the party’s executive to run into Monday evening.
According to local media, the meeting which ended late on Monday saw tempers flying and a tense atmosphere as some ministers threatened to resign if the President was not removed.
It is being described as the most serious threat the President has had to face since taking office in 2009. This year alone, the embattled President has faced three no-confidence votes that would have led to his impeachment and this latest altercation would be the fourth attempt at ousting him.
President Zuma left SA on Tuesday to attend the funeral of Cuban leader Fidel Castro and the ANC announced it would hold a press conference at 2:00 pm (1200 GMT) on the meeting’s outcome.
An unnamed source who allegedly was present at the closed-door meeting spoke to the News24 web site and said;
“The president told us that he will never step down, as it would be like handing himself over to the enemy, and that there are people who want to see him in jail.”
The source said that Zuma’s loyalists had rallied strongly to his defense during Monday’s sessions. This ousting attempt appears to be the consequence of President Zuma’s involvements in multiple corruption allegations and damaging court rulings this year.
ANC has also suffered a serious setback in local polls in August and unemployment has hit a 13-year high, so tempers are understandably high. Once again, however, the 74-year-old President has shown that he still retains strong loyalty among many rank-and-file ANC party members, as well as its lawmakers.