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South African Officials Say President Zuma’s Resignation Is Coming Soon

The handwriting appears to be on the wall for South African President Jacob Zuma. A few days after opposition leaders spoke of a plan to use massive street demonstrations to compel Zuma’s political party to recall him, South African officials said Zuma’s resignation is imminent, possibly coming as soon as Monday.

Supporters of the African National Congress Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa demonstrated against President Jacob Zuma outside ANC party headquarters in Johannesburg earlier this week

Former South Africa President Denounces His Own Party as Corrupt

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki declared last week that his own party, the African National Congress (ANC), “has become so corrupted that … unprincipled access to political power and the related corrupt self-enrichment has in fact become the norm within the organisation.”

Thabo Mbeki (Gianluigi Guercia / AFP / Getty)

Former South African President: Corrupt ANC Should Lose 2019 Election

Former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe recently stated that his African National Congress (ANC) party has become so corrupt it should lose the 2019 election for its own good. A few weeks later, with the ANC coming apart at the seams, political analysts believe incumbent President Jacob Zuma may postpone December’s party elections in a bid to retain power for his faction.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe attends London Memorial service for Nelson Mandela

The Republican Party and the South African Opposition

In the midst of tweeting commentary (and complaints) about President Barack Obama’s press conference on Wednesday, I received an unexpected reply from Helen Zille, one of the foremost opposition leaders in my native South Africa, and a family friend.

Helen Zille (Rodger Bosch / AFP / Getty)