South Africa opposition demands end to Zuma impasse

President Jacob Zuma gestures as he addresses parliament in Cape Town South Africa

Opponents of the African National Congress have threatened to bring South Africa to its knees over the party's inability to remove President Zuma from office.

In a leaked recording, ANC treasurer general Paul Mashatile said that Zuma was refusing to resign and the ANC will be forced to recall him.

The ANC had scheduled a meeting on Wednesday evening of its National Executive Committee (NEC), which has the authority to fire Zuma, but canceled it late on Tuesday after "constructive" talks between new ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa and Zuma. "We need a swift resolution to this impasse as soon as possible".

"Lastly, we flatly reject any amnesty agreement or special deal for President Zuma".

"He (Zuma) is not above the law, and must still face the 783 criminal charges illegally dropped over a decade ago and which the courts have now revived", said Maimane. On Wednesday Ramaphosa said talks about a leadership transition were continuing and would be finalized in a matter of days, leaving the nation in political limbo.

The radical opposition Economic Freedom Fighters party have meanwhile called for a "national shutdown" to force Zuma out.

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"Normally when a sitting president is asked to step down, it happens".

"Zuma basically said to us: 'I'm not going anywhere".

The power struggle has rocked the ANC, the renowned liberation movement that under Nelson Mandela led the fight against white-minority rule but has since lost much public support.

This comes in the wake of growing frustration by political parties, including the ruling party itself, over Zuma's imminent exit. A commission of inquiry is also due to probe allegations he allowed his friends, the Gupta family, to influence government appointments and the awarding of state contracts.

Save South Africa, an anti-Zuma campaign group, said it was "deeply concerned at the veil of secrecy surrounding negotiations" over the president's exit. "The ANC President will come back to us today, and we'll take it from there", she said.

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