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Political analysts sceptical of reports of plans for exit strategy for Zuma

Reports suggest senior officials within the ANC are selling to branches the idea of Zuma being removed.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Political analysts say reports that plans for an exit strategy for President Jacob Zuma are being crafted are unlikely to succeed without a substantial backing from branches within the African National Congress (ANC).

There have been claims that senior officials within the party are selling to branches the idea of Zuma being removed after the local government elections.

According to the ANC's constitution, five of the nine provinces would need to request a special conference from the national executive committee.

Professor Sipho Seepe says there is a large number of the party's provincial structures that are in support of the president remaining at the helm.

"There are a few groups that will spin here and there but if we talk about the concrete numbers then they amount to a few hundred."

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says while there are people who would like Zuma to resign, they remain in the minority.

"A lot of work still needs to be done on the ground. One cannot assess at this point as to how many braches will support it."

The Sunday Times is reporting that the motion to have Zuma removed are being set in motion, after this year's local government elections, as ousting him now would cost the ANC votes in areas where the president remains popular.

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