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South African ruling party: Zuma must leave office by end of Tuesday

South African ruling party: Zuma must leave office by end of Tuesday

The president, who could be ousted in a parliamentary vote of no-confidence if he clings to office, has "agreed in principle to resign", the secretary-general of the African National Congress (ANC), Ace Magashule, said on Tuesday.

Facing questions by the media at Luthuli House on why the ANC had chose to recall Zuma, Magashule said the party, "did not take these decisions because comrade Jacob Zuma has done anything wrong".

The raid by the Hawks, an elite police investigative unit, comes a day after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) ordered Zuma to step down as head of state.

"We can no longer keep South Africa waiting", Mashatile said. "Once you resist we are going to let you be thrown out through the vote of no confidence because you disrespect the organisation and you disobey it, therefore, we are going to let you be devoured by the vultures", he said, speaking at the Umsobomvu Community Hall in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape. He met with ruling party leaders who visited him at his Pretoria residence late Monday and again on Tuesday morning to ask him to quit.

Zuma is expected to make a decision on whether he will resign on Wednesday.

Magashule says "it's obvious" that the party wants Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed Zuma.

Sona has been scheduled for 22 February following calls for Zuma to step down.

Since becoming president in 2009, Mr Zuma has been dogged by scandal.

South African police have raided the residential compound of a business family suspected of using its ties to President Jacob Zuma to influence Cabinet appointments and land state contracts.

Despite the damning decision to order Zuma's "recall" - party speak for "removal from office" - domestic media said the 75-year-old might yet defy the party's wishes.

Zuma has admitted he is friends with the Guptas, originally from India, but has denied any wrongdoing.

South Africa's opposition parties have already expressed reservations about the ANC's confidence that Mr. Zuma will step down.

The president's tenure has been marred by corruption scandals and the party wants him to end his second five-year term early so that it can shore up support ahead of 2019 elections.

The political wrangle has plunged South Africa - the continent's most developed economy - into confusion over who is running the country, with last week's annual State of the Nation address cancelled.

Time is against Zuma as Ramaphosa has relentlessly grabbed political space since he won the presidency of the party by a razor-thin majority in December.

The party, once led by Nelson Mandela, has ruled South Africa since 1994, and led the country out of apartheid.

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