South Africa's ruling party decides to remove Zuma

Jacob Zuma resigns as president of South Africa

The rand should remain range-bound ahead of any media briefing, said TreasuryOne currency dealer Gerard van der Westhuizen.

A strong press contingent was also waiting outside Zuma's official residence, Mahlamba Ndlopfu, close to the Union Buildings.

South African President Jacob Zuma said the push by his ruling party for him to resign is "unfair", in his first television interview since the African National Congress chose to replace him as the nation's leader.

Zuma's term was due to end next year.

Should Mr Zuma fail to heed the ANC's directive, the next step would be for the party to call for a vote of no confidence in parliament, or outright impeachment.

The request comes after specialised crime investigation unit on Wednesday morning arrested three people from the Johannesburg home of the Gupta family. The Guptas and Zuma have denied any wrongdoing.

It dumped him as party leader in December, narrowly electing Ramaphosa, a millionaire former union leader, over Zuma's preferred successor, his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Zuma became president after elections in 2009 and was re-elected in 2014.

"The national executive committee chose to recall the president in accordance with rule 12.2 of the ANC, which allows the ANC to recall it's deployees", Magashule told reporters at the ruling party's headquarters, Luthuli House.

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Alleging he was being victimised, he said, "It was very unfair to me that this (resignation) issue is raised".

He also said reports that the Hawks have carried out raids connected to the Gupta family continue "to send out the signal that SA Inc is on the right path to really fight corruption".

"I think Jacob Zuma is nearly daring the ANC to remove him through a motion of no confidence because he knows that would be damaging for unity in the party", analyst Abdul Waheed Patel told AFP.

South Africans took social media to voice opinions for and against Zuma under the hashtag #Zumaexit with some wondering who is now running the country.

In explaining its decision to order Zuma to leave power, the ANC did not refer directly to the scandals surrounding his presidency.

A confidence vote is scheduled for February 22 but opposition politicians have launched a court action to force the vote to bring it forward to this week.

If he refuses to step down, the matter will go before parliament, which could remove him on a vote of no-confidence.

Zuma's fall is welcome-but South African workers need a complete break from the policy of working in alliance with big business.

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