JOHANNESBURG—South Africa’s ruling African National Congress plans to vote on a parliamentary motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma on Thursday, the party’s treasurer general said, a move that is set to end the scandal-battered leader’s nine years in office.
The decision follows Mr. Zuma’s refusal to heed an order from his own party to step down. The ANC has around two-thirds of the seats in parliament, easily enough to pass a motion of no confidence.
“We don’t have time to be bickering about who should be president,” ANC treasurer general Paul Mashatile said.
Mr. Mashatile added that the party planned to elect Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as president right after the motion of no confidence has been adopted.
The ANC—the party of Nelson Mandela that defeated white-minority rule—has been locked in a high-stakes battle over who should lead Africa’s most developed economy. On Tuesday, the ANC said Mr. Zuma had dismissed its order to step down immediately and instead demanded an extra three to six months in office.
Earlier Wednesday, police raided the home of a wealthy business family at the center of high-profile corruption allegations made against Mr. Zuma, just hours before a deadline for South Africa’s leader to respond to his own party’s order to resign.
The morning raid on the compound that houses the home and company headquarters of the Gupta family piles more pressure on Mr. Zuma. According to a trove of leaked documents released over the past year, the Guptas used their friendship to Mr. Zuma and a business partnership with his son, Duduzane, to stir government decisions and secure multibillion state contracts. They have also been accused of trying to bribe a former deputy finance minister, along with the promise of making him finance minister.
The president, his son and the Guptas have denied wrongdoing. Atul Gupta, who leads the family business, has said there was “no authenticity” to the documents.
Police said its serious corruption crime unit had arrested three people during the raid and expected two more suspects to hand themselves over in what it called an ongoing operation. South Africa’s government broadcaster reported that one of the people arrested was a member of the Gupta family. A spokesman for the police’s special crimes unit couldn’t be reached for comment, while emails to Gupta family representatives went unanswered.
Police said the arrests were tied to its investigation into allegations, stemming from the document trove, that the Guptas misused funds tied to a public dairy farm contract. The leaked documents show how some of those funds were used to pay for a lavish 2013 family wedding, among other things.
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