Call for no-confidence vote be held this week

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In his comments, the President also criticized the ANC for rejecting his proposal to resign in a few months' time, arguing they should allow him to lead the country to chair upcoming global events, such as the BRICS summit.

Beleaguered South African President Jacob Zuma denounced efforts to oust him as "unfair" on Wednesday, as senior members of his party ramped up their chaotic efforts to end his corruption-tainted tenure.

"The NEC of the ANC has chose to recall President Zuma and the deadline is today". "We haven't given him any deadline to respond (but) when we recall our (president), we expect (him) to do what the organization expects him to do".

"One of Zuma's sons works for the Guptas, as do the children of other high ranking officials".

So far there has been silence from Zuma in response to Tuesday's ANC order, suggesting a power struggle behind the scenes with new party leader Cyril Ramaphosa.

She said one reason the rand didn't react much to Tuesday's announcement by ANC secretary general Ace Magashule that the party was recalling Zuma was because the president's removal had already been priced into the rand's level "for over a week".

"At the moment I can't speculate on what is he going to say", Magashule said.

Corruption scandals involving Zuma have sunk the popularity of the ANC, which holds stature as a key player that fought white minority rule and is credited with the dismantling of apartheid in 1991.

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Reports said they spent about 90 minutes at the residence.

The no-confidence plan is supported by opposition parties and so appears nearly certain to succeed in kicking out Mr Zuma, who has been leader since 2009.

Zuma faces 783 criminal charges, including money laundering, racketeering and fraud linked to a government arms deal procurement deal in 1999.

An elite South African police team on Wednesday raided the luxurious family home of the controversial Gupta family - a clan of Indian-born businessmen - known to wield substantial influence in South African politics due to close ties with President Jacob Zuma.

It was thought he would issue a statement or host a press conference this morning - however he has not done so.

Pressure has mounted for the past fortnight on the beleaguered Zuma to step down. The Economic Freedom Fighters, the third biggest party, last month proposed the no-confidence motion that's now due to be debated on 22 February, and plans to go to court if it isn't brought forward.

Zuma's entire cabinet would have to step down if such a vote went through.

"We cant wait. It's not fair to South Africans".