Parliament meets to elect a new president

Jacob Zuma

Acting president Cyril Ramaphosa is due to be confirmed as Jacob Zuma's permanent successor in a parliamentary vote later on Thursday.

He further said that the party would be supporting the Democratic Alliance's motion to dissolve parliament, so that fresh national elections could be held.

"We have now asked the chief whip to proceed with the motion of no confidence tomorrow... so that President Zuma is then removed so that we can then proceed to elect President Ramaphosa".

When former president Jacob Zuma arrived in the Northern Cape with a Gupta-owned helicopter in the run up to the 2009 elections, alarm bells began to chime for Julius Malema, who was concerned about having a captured head of state.

The EFF again protested as the Speaker of Parliament refused to allow their motion to debate the dissolution of Parliament. Cyril Ramaphosa doesn't qualify to be president.

"It is not on the order paper for today", she said as EFF leader Julius Malema rose to object to the National Assembly proceeding with the nomination of Ramaphosa.

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As ANC Youth League leader he said he'd kill for Zuma. Zuma's dignified resignation would have helped the ANC move past the divisions apparent at the party conference in December, but Zuma prides himself on being a "fighter", and has placed his personal interest ahead of his country and his party.

"People were scared of him and did not want to contest him, and then Zuma was the only available person who was ready to challenge Mbeki, because he had nothing to lose", Malema told the M&G.

Zuma was set to announce his resignation during the day. The ANC's leadership concluded that unless it gets Zuma out quickly, there will be a popular anti-ANC backlash in the national elections of 2019.

None of the ANC MPs came out in Zuma's defence during this meeting, one of those present said.

John Campbell is Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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