New president to be sworn in today, says Speaker Baleka Mbete

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ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule - a known Zuma ally - told a media briefing at the party's headquarters‚ Chief Albert Luthuli House‚ that the decision was taken after exhaustive, 13-hour discussions on Monday through the night and into the early hours of this morning.

The EFF leader says he doesn't trust Cyril Ramaphosa. The EFF is not sympathetic to Zuma's games of victimhood.

"We need to give certainty to the people of South Africa". South Africa‚ the whole nation has been a victim of a conman‚ an impostor for close to a decade and no one should fall into that trap again.

"The EFF leader stated that the corruption, however, did not end with Zuma and that the ANC "[was] not a political party capable of leading South Africa beyond political liberation" and said the party acted as a shield that protected Zuma from being held accountable. The ANC played an important part in political liberation‚ but it is totally incapable to lead society to economic equality and prosperity.

The EFF said it had no faith in the ANC, called for the dissolution of Parliament and fresh elections.

Speaker of South Africa's parliament, Baleka Mbete, said she received a letter from Jacob Zuma informing her of his resignation as president.

"The ANC has developed a tradition of building personality cults who are beyond reproach".

The ANC will not support the EFF motion as it is, but will amend it and possibly add how Zuma has defied his own organisation by refusing to resign.

Mbete had written to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema informing him that she has made a decision to reschedule the motion of no confidence for Thursday.

He said: "We are going to join the DA motion on the dissolution". This is to allow our people to renew parliament's mandate through general elections and not some career driven elite pact. There shouldn't be an election of a president.

Malema's comments also raise the spectre of yet another disrupted State of the Nation Address on Friday. "Our robustness and forthrightness will remain intact".

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