South African police raid home of Gupta family amid corruption probe


The raid came a day after the ANC's top officials publicly declared that Zuma should go. "I don't understand what's the rush", Zuma added.

The ANC could throw its weight behind such a vote if Zuma, who has survived several no-confidence motions in the past, refused to heed its orders to resign.

His reputation stained by years-long allegations of graft, Zuma has been told by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party to step down.

Support for Zuma began to evaporate over the past few days after the ANC's National Executive Committee voted this week to recall Mr Zuma.

"We have now asked the chief whip to proceed with the motion of no confidence tomorrow in that President Zuma is then removed", ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile told reporters Wednesday.

South African opposition parties have called for early elections as the ANC's slow-motion transfer of power to Ramaphosa grinds on.

The office of South Africa's embattled president Jacob Zuma said it will not hold a press conference on Wednesday morning on whether Mr Zuma will tender his resignation in response to an ultimatum by his party to do so.

In a briefing to South African state television on Wednesday, Zuma said he was confused about why he was recalled by the ANC.

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The ANC secretary-general spoke respectfully of Zuma, saying he had "not been found guilty by any court of law" and that the decision to recall him was not taken because he had done "anything wrong".

The next step for the ANC in the event of defiance by Zuma would be for the ANC to use the constitutionally mandated parliamentary process of a vote of no confidence, Absa Capital economists, Miyelani Maluleke and Peter Worthington, stated.

Zuma also faces a February 22 no-confidence vote tabled by the Economic Freedom Fighters, an ultra-left opposition party, though analysts say the ANC would prefer to oust Zuma via its own motion of no-confidence.

The ANC said it wants Zuma to be replaced by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who was elected party leader in December and has vowed to fight corruption.

Both Mr Zuma and the Guptas deny the allegations.

In 2016, the country's Constitutional Court ruled unanimously that Zuma was liable for some of the $20 million in public funds spent on an upgrade to his private residence.

Besides his controversial relationship with the Guptas, who were born in India but moved to South Africa in the early 1990s, Zuma has 783 counts of corruption outstanding against him relating to a $2.5 billion state arms deal in the late 1990s.

It involved the president's allegedly corrupt relationship with a wealthy family of Indian immigrants headed by three brothers - Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta - who built a business empire in mining, media, technology and engineering.