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Zuma rumored to step down amid mounting opposition

Ramaphose and Zuma at press conference
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and President Jacob Zuma at a cabinet meeting on January 31, 2018, in Pretoria. Photo: Thulani Mbele / Sowetan / Gallo Images / Getty Images

On Sunday, February 4, South African President Jacob Zuma was asked to resign by the six highest figures in the African National Congress (ANC), his own political party, but refused. The following day, he faced several difficult prospects: not only a move by his own party to recall him, but also a no-confidence vote by the Economic Freedom Fighters and an impeachment effort spearheaded by the Democratic Alliance, both opposition parties.

According to anonymous reports from an ANC caucus meeting today, Ramaphosa said that it was a “matter of days” before Zuma “goes.”