Efforts to unseat me as President 'unfair', says South Africa's Zuma

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma says he doesn't know why his ruling party is moving to depose him - but with anti-corruption raids on his friends and an imminent no-confidence vote, his days look numbered.
South African President Jacob Zuma speaking on a news programme in response to the political crisis surrounding him, on Feb 14, 2018.
South African President Jacob Zuma speaking on a news programme in response to the political crisis surrounding him, on Feb 14, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - South African President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday (Feb 14) said ongoing efforts to unseat him by the ruling ANC party were unfair, adding that he had been given no reason by the party why he should resign.

"It was very unfair to me that this issue is raised," he said in an unannounced TV interview. "Nobody has ever provided the reasons. Nobody is saying what I have done."

His reputation stained by years-long allegations of graft, Mr Zuma has been told by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party to step down.

The South African Parliament will hold a vote of no-confidence in Mr Zuma on Thursday if he refuses to go, the ANC says.

The struggle has put Mr Zuma at loggerheads with deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, his likely successor, who is the new head of the ANC.