Jacob Zuma meets cabinet ministers amid calls for his resignation


Jacob Zuma is meeting cabinet ministers in Cape Town, as pressure mounts on the embattled South African president to resign before a key national address this week.

A presidential spokesman denied domestic media reports that the ministers had been summoned especially, instead describing the meeting as “routine”. Senior leaders of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) met Zuma over the weekend to ask him to step down. Local media reported that the 75-year-old president, who is battling corruption allegations, refused. The party’s national working committee, one of its highest decision-making bodies, met on Monday in Johannesburg. After seven hours of talks, it issued a statement saying the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC), a larger and more senior body, would meet on Wednesday to consider its next step.(theguardian)…[+]