South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has escaped a plot by his African National Congress, ANC, to oust him from office. A British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, report said some 80 members of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) considered the motion at its meeting that began over the weekend. A “settlement” was purportedly reached between Zuma and the ANC leadership, which saw him miss the axe. The ANC is to brief the media at 12:00 GMT today about the meeting.
It is thought to be Zuma’s toughest political battle since his election as ANC leader, including a revolt by members of his cabinet including the ministers of tourism, public works and health.