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Mashatile: President Zuma must go now

ANC Treasurer-General Paul Mashatile says the people want to see new management take control of the country.

President Jacob Zuma walks next to Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile in Thembelihle south of Johannesburg during the ruling party's campaign trail on 30 June 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - South Africa could have a new president by Friday, even if Jacob Zuma does not resign by the end of Wednesday.

Speaker Baleka Mbete has confirmed that the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) motion of no confidence in Zuma will be debated on Thursday afternoon by open vote.

African National Congress (ANC) Treasurer-General Paul Mashatile and chief whip Jackson Mthembu didn’t mince their words briefing the media after a special caucus meeting in Parliament on Wednesday.

Mashatile says there can be no further delay - President Zuma must go now and the ball is still in his court.

“Our people want to see change. They want to see the new leadership taking over the management, not only of the ANC but of the affairs of the state.”

Following Thursday’s vote of no confidence scheduled for 2 pm, Cyril Ramaphosa will be sworn in as the country’s next president.

It, however, remains unclear who his deputy will be.

He is expected to deliver the State of the Nation Address on Friday.

Mashatile says the party wants to focus on a new era of economic renewal and corruption at state-owned companies, and Zuma must leave now.

Mashatile says it’s not fair to South Africans for him to remain in office another day.

He says the party must get started on its plan of economic renewal, engaging investors and creating jobs.

“We don’t have time to be bickering about who should be president. We have elected president Ramaphosa, he should be the president. All is clear, that is how we move ahead.”

‘I’M OPEN TO FURTHER DISCUSSIONS’

At the same time, President Zuma is expected to release a statement after that tell-all interview with the SABC.

He seemed to be appealing for further engagements with the ANC leadership when he said he is open to further talks.

But time is running out as the ANC in Parliament is ready to use the motion of no confidence in him to push him out.

“I’m open to further discussions but they’re rushing. It has come to my attention that on Thursday, in Parliament, there will be a vote of no confidence.”

Zuma says he has been portrayed as someone who defies the ANC leadership that’s not true.

LISTEN: ‘Zuma recall doesn’t absolve ANC of its sins’

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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