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>> The long struggle for South Africa's leader to remain in power amid corruption allegations may be coming to a close. These cars are carrying members of President Jacob Zuma's political party. To what the party's new leader has suggested could be a, quote, finalized showdown. Alex Winning is in Johannesburg for Reuters.
>> Behind me is the hotel where the fate of South African President Jacob Zuma could be sealed today. South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress, will hold a meeting of its national executive. To discuss whether to instruct Jacob Zuma to step down as head of state. If he resigns voluntarily, ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also deputy President, would take over as head of state, potentially in a matter of days.
If Zuma refuses, then Zuma could be removed through a motion of no confidence in the South African Parliament.>> It's been a long battle, Zuma's survived calls to step down since last year, but this moment is the most perilous. Ramaphosa replaced the president as party leader in December and is now his assumed successor.
Zuma hasn't publicly said whether he'd step aside voluntarily.>> Ramaphosa is under pressure to act now. Zuma is facing mounting opposition from within the ruling party, and from opposition parties who have called for the no confidence motion. Ramaphosa has promised to tackle corruption and kickstart economic growth. So economists are optimistic that he'll be able to turn around the South African economy which, under Zuma's nine years in power, has been in a state of decline.
>> Zuma came to power in 2008 under ironically similar circumstances. The president at the time, Thabo Mbeki, was ousted shortly after Zuma himself became party leader.