ANC Sets Up No Confidence Vote To Push Out Jacob Zuma

JOHANNESBURG • South African President Jacob Zuma told state television yesterday he was innocent and that efforts to oust him were unfair, as his ruling ANC party announced its support for a parliamentary no-confidence vote set for today to remove him.

Piling further pressure on the beleaguered leader, police yesterday raided the luxury home of Mr Zuma's friends, the Gupta brothers, as part of an anti-graft probe.

In his first response to intense efforts by the African National Congress (ANC) for him to quit, Mr Zuma - who has been dogged by scandal throughout his political life - said he was being "victimised".

"There's nothing I've done wrong," a relaxed but indignant Mr Zuma said during a nearly hour-long interview with South Africa's state broadcaster SABC. "I don't think it's fair. I think it's unfair."

When asked point-blank if he would step aside, he avoided the question and continued to allege a lack of principle in moves by the party's national executive committee to oust him.

He did say he would make a formal statement later yesterday.

He did not comment on the police raids, which marked a dramatic tightening of the net around the 75-year-old and the political faction around him accused of milking state resources for their own ends.

 
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ANC Sets Up No Confidence Vote To Push Out Jacob Zuma

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ANC Sets Up No Confidence Vote To Push Out Jacob Zuma