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South Africa's ANC Tells Zuma to Respond to Recall Today -- Update

14 Feb 2018 6:53 am
   By Gabriele Steinhauser 

JOHANNESBURG--South Africa's ruling African National Congress has asked President Jacob Zuma to respond to its order to resign by Wednesday morning, the party's spokesman said.

"The president was to be filing his response by 10 a.m. this morning," ANC spokesman Pule Mabe told radio station SA FM, adding that there might be logistical delays to that time frame.

​The ANC on Tuesday said Mr. Zuma had dismissed its order to step down immediately and instead demanded an extra three to six months in office. Should the president stick to his refusal to resign, the ruling party will likely be forced into calling a damaging vote of no-confidence against the president it elected into office.​

Early on Wednesday, South Africa's Hawks police special crimes unit had surrounded the Johannesburg compound of the Gupta brothers, a controversial business family close to Mr. Zuma who are alleged to have bribed government officials.

South African state media reported that one of the three Gupta brothers had been arrested along with an unnamed associate.

Angry crowds gathered around the police vehicles blocking the high-walled compound in one of the city's most exclusive suburbs.

"Now it begins," said Llare Mandla, a taxi driver who drove to the compound when he heard the news. "Zuma should have just gone but now the fightback starts. Many people are going to jail. It's for the best."

Write to Gabriele Steinhauser at gabriele.steinhauser@wsj.com

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

February 14, 2018 01:53 ET (06:53 GMT)

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