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South African ruling party debates fate of president

30 May 2017

A three-day meeting of the ANC's National Executive Committee was the second time in six months that Mr. Zuma has faced calls for his resignation in the party's top decision-making panel.

Emails between President Zuma's son Duduzane and figures from a company owned by the controversial Gupta family - who reportedly wield considerable influence over Mr Zuma - include a letter to the Abu Dhabi royal family, our correspondent says.

Even though Zuma withstood a bid to remove him at an NEC meeting in November, criticism of him is rising as he prepares to relinquish the ANC leadership in December.

The ANC's alliance partners have previously supported the motion for Zuma's removal, citing that it would be risky for the ANC to keep him on as president ahead of the policy conference which takes place at the end of June.

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The ANC is expected to brief the media on Monday about the outcomes of the meeting, but recalling president Zuma is not going to be among them.

Mantashe has briefed the media about the national executive committee (NEC) meeting now underway at the Saint George's Hotel in Pretoria.

Mantashe said the ANC favoured the establishment "without delay" of a judicial inquiry into the influence of private business interests over the government, known as "state capture". Reports said the mayor condemned it and launched an investigation.

Mbete hinted while no official inquiry has been announced, South Africans would soon hear about it.

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On the issue of the motion of no confidence, Mantashe warned members of parliament to toe the party line during the motion. But I would imagine that in debating, what comes up in the newspapers becomes part of the content of what members of the NEC use in their argument.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, his deputy Joe Phaahla and axed tourism minister Derek Hanekom spoke out in support of Netshitenzhe's motion.

"Many were neither in favour nor against the appeal but emphasised the need for unity within the organisation‚" said Mantashe.

Zuma has challenged the report in court, arguing that the Public Protector had no right to ask him to form such a commission, as this was the president's prerogative. "We've not seen that blood on the floor - yet", he said, while stressing that the removal of Zuma was "not an agenda item".

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South African ruling party debates fate of president