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Jacob Zuma refuses to resign and compares himself to Mandela, saying there must be 'transition' period

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    South Africa‘s President has refused to stand down and called his treatment “unfair.”

    Speaking at length in an interview with state media, Jacob Zuma said he did not understand why he had been asked to step down. “What is this hurry?” he asked.

    Mr Zuma compared his position to the end of the presidency of Nelson Mandela, saying that the party then had a transition period with a handover of power, and asking why the ANC was not doing the same in 2018 as it did in 1999.

    Motion of confidence against South African president Zuma falls

    It comes after the ANC unveiled plans to sack Mr Zuma by backing an opposition-led no-confidence vote which will likely be held on Thursday. 

    Jackson Mthembu, the ANC’s chief whip, said the deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, whose election as head of the ANC in December marked the beginning of the end of Mr Zuma’s tenure, could be sworn in as head of state as early as Friday.

    “After we have voted for the removal of the President of the Republic tomorrow – and depending on the availability of the Chief Justice – we will also elect a new president,” Mr Mthembu told a news conference in Cape Town.

    Earlier in the day, armed police raided the home of Mr Zuma’s businessmen friends, the Gupta brothers, as part of an investigation into corruption allegations.

    Three people were arrested in operations at various addresses, the South African Broadcasting Corporation reported.

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