Saturday, 20 January, 2018

South Africa - President Zuma to Host President Kenyatta of Kenya in Durban

South Africa's rand slips as investors book profits President Uhuru Set to Make First Foreign Trip Since His Re-Election
Diane Mills | 13 January, 2018, 03:52

DA national spokesperson Phumzile Van Damme said Zuma and his "cabal of corrupt cronies" had wreaked havoc on the country. Newly elected ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule confirmed speculation that Ramaphosa was in talks with Zuma.

"Yet‚ despite all of Zuma's indiscretions‚ Ramaphosa has failed to recall him showing that the ANC will not self-correct and that we can only expect more of the same‚" Van Damme asserted.

IOL reported that officials had chose to defer any other issues besides the birthday statement to the NEC's scheduled meeting next week.

The ANC's public support has declined under Zuma's leadership as voters have become increasingly disillusioned with a raft of corruption scandals, weak economic growth and an unemployment rate that has risen to almost 28 percent. Despite hype in the media beforehand, Zuma's future appears not.

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Zuma, who has denied wrongdoing, said he has appealed the order to pay the costs himself but is moving ahead with a commission of inquiry because "this matter has occupied the public mind for some time now and deserves urgent attention".

The rand has gained around 8% as investors bet Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's election as leader of the ANC would push through business-friendly policies.

"Ramaphosa has to chart a very careful course so he can win broad ANC support and negotiate a dignified exit for Zuma", independent political analyst Daniel Silke said. He had earlier been seen jogging on the city's waterfront.

It was around 5 p.m. and Duarte was among the national executive committee members emerging from their first meeting in the ICC on Wednesday.

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