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ConCourt ruling renews calls to have Zuma impeached

Analysts say the ANC has no choice but to act swiftly in making sure it restores confidence to its members.

President Jacob Zuma answers questions in Parliament. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Constitutional Court's damning findings against President Jacob Zuma have sparked fresh opposition party calls for his removal and are set to force the African National Congress (ANC) to make difficult decisions in a crucial election year.

The Democratic Alliance has launched a new bid to have the president impeached, while other opposition parties are demanding that he step down or be recalled.

Zuma has survived many scandals in his political career, but some political analysts are speculating that the Nkandla scandal could be his undoing.

Analyst Daniel Silke says an opposition attempt to get the President impeached is unlikely to succeed.

"It might well go the same way as the motions of no confidence with the ANC at least closing ranks even if it is in the short-term."

More possible, he says, is that the ANC could negotiate an exit strategy for the President, but the party will have to weigh up the risk of doing this in an election year.

University of Johannesburg Professor Mcebisi Ndletyana said Zuma could get the boot.

"And if the ANC doesn't do anything, if it doesn't act against president Zuma, it means that they tolerate his misbehaviour."

Analyst Ralph Mathekga added Zuma's presidency has been costly for the ANC.

"The cost of the ANC to maintain Zuma is going to be higher and higher."

The ANC's top six was expected to discuss the court's judgment last night.