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Jacob Zuma refuses to stand down as South African president

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Jacob Zuma refuses to stand down as South African president
Jacob Zuma is refusing to stand down, despite increasing pressure from the ANC (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

South African President Jacob Zuma has called the ongoing efforts to oust him ‘very unfair’.

Referring to the ongoing effort to unseat him by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, Zuma protested that he had been given no reason to resign.

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‘It was very unfair to me that this issue is raised,’ he said in an unannounced live interview with state broadcaster SABC.

‘Nobody has ever provided the reasons. Nobody is saying what I have done.’

He added that he had been ‘victimised’ by the party.

‘I need to be furnished on what I’ve done,’ Zuma said. ‘What is this hurry?’

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Jacob Zuma refuses to stand down as South African president
Jacob Zuma appeared in a live interview on SABC (Picture: SABC/AP)

Zuma had, until now, not responded to the orders to leave that came from his own party.

With a reputation stained by allegations of graft going back years, Zuma has been told by the ANC party to stand down.

He indicated to SABC that he may consider resigning at a later stage, but would want to stay in office for at least a few more months.

Jacob Zuma refuses to stand down as South African president
People watched the unannounced interview on SABC (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

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But if he refuses to go voluntarily, then the South African parliament will hold a vote of no-confidence in his leadership on Thursday.

Zuma did however promise that if parliament votes against him, ‘I will be out’.

The struggle has put Zuma at loggerheads with deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, his likely successor, who is the new head of the ANC.

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