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ANC Rebellion Gains Momentum, Raising Odds of Zuma's Ouster

  • Mandela's lawyer Bizos says Zuma ``took a wrong turn''
  • Zuma's friends, the Guptas, resign from company positions
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A rebellion against South African President Jacob Zuma is gathering momentum within the ruling African National Congress, fueling a political crisis and raising the odds of his ouster.

Calls for Zuma, 73, to step down by ANC veterans, church and civil-society organizations and business leaders have intensified since the Constitutional Court ruled on March 31 that the president “failed to uphold, defend and respect the constitution.” Friends of the president, the Guptas, who the ANC are investigating over allegations they offered cabinet positions for concessions, on Friday quit from management and board positions in companies they control, alleging “a sustained political attack.”