South Africa’s ANC Top 5 Leaders Asked Zuma to Resign: Rapport

Five of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress’s top six leaders visited President Jacob Zuma at his house on April 1 to convince him to resign, Rapport newspaper reported.

Zuma refused to comply with the request by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe, Deputy-Secretary General Jessie Duarte, Treasurer Zweli Mkhize and Chairwoman Baleka Mbete, the paper reported, citing two unidentified people. The leaders concluded Zuma will only step down after local government elections later this year, the paper cites a third unidentified person as saying.

Zuma said on April 1 he accepts a ruling from the nation’s highest court that he violated the constitution. ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa didn’t immediately respond to a phone call and text message seeking comment.

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