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South Africa's Zuma faces no-confidence vote in corruption crisis

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FILE Former African National Congress Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga

Last week, the state watchdog agency released a report indicating possible government corruption linked to Zuma and some associates, and recommended that a judicial commission investigate.

Municipal elections in August saw the ANC suffer its worst-ever poll performance, though it remains easily South Africa's biggest party.

The report sparked a political firestorm on Wednesday and Thursday, as opposition leaders and thousands of protestors took the streets, calling on Zuma to resign.

The report said it was "worrying" that telephone records revealed David Van Rooyen, then a little-known Zuma loyalist, was regularly in Saxonwold, including on the day before he was appointed as finance minister past year.

But President Zuma took a defiant stance yesterday.

Zuma, 74, has weathered a series of major scandals since coming to power in 2009, but rapidly declining support for the ANC has threatened his presidency.

In her report, Madonsela said she had chose to direct that a judicial commission be set up to probe Zuma's relationship with the Guptas because her office hadn't been given sufficient funds to complete the job.

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According to Jonas's allegations, Gupta also asked him if he had "a bag which he could use to receive and carry 600,000 rand in cash immediately", adding that Zuma's son, Duduzane, was present at the meeting.

The report has compounded the crisis facing Zuma, who is also facing hundreds of graft allegations including the controversial $16 million from the public purse to upgrade his private home in Nkandla in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

EFF leader Julius Malema led his party supporters to the offices of the president- Union Buildings "to force" Zuma to resign.

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma looked jovial and upbeat when he arrived in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, for talks with President Robert Mugabe. Abrahams had pressed charges of fraud against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, but then dropped them on Monday after popular support for him from the worlds of politics and business.

The ruling party has been split over the report‚ with some stalwarts publically slamming Zuma and the party for weak leadership.

"I do not have the mandate to say the president must step down, but I can say we are against all the wrong things that are happening, including corruption", he told eNCA television.

Other outcomes of the BNC included the decision to establish a joint trade and investment committee by the end of the first quarter of next year and the urgent need for the establishment of a one-stop border post at Beitbridge-Musina.

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