South Africa could have a new leader tomorrow as the ANC party prepares a no-confidence motion against President Jacob Zuma

The aim is to remove Mr Zuma from power so deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa can take over straight away.

The party yesterday ordered him to resign and a press conference or statement was expected today where he would stand down.

We can no longer keep South Africa waiting, said senior ANC official Paul Mashatile.

Unless he quits in the coming hours, Parliament is poised to remove Mr Zuma, 75, on Thursday and elect a new president immediately after.

It comes after an early morning raid by the elite Hawks police unit at the home of a business family linked to President Zuma.

Officials described it as a crime scene.

The Guptas are suspected of using their ties with him to influence cabinet positions and land state contracts. They and Mr Zuma deny any wrongdoing.

The President has been discredited by a number of corruption scandals and Mr Ramaphosa was chosen in December to replace him as ANC leader.

He was due to take over in 2019, when Mr Zuma was to stand down, but it now appears he will assume power much sooner.

The party – once led by Nelson Mandela – is desperately trying to resolve the leadership crisis and bounce back in popularity ready for the country’s next election.

As well as the Gupta claims, Mr Zuma is also waiting for South Africa’s chief prosecutor to make a decision on whether he will face old charges of corruption tied to an arms deal two decades ago.

They were reinstated last year having been thrown out in 2009.

The country’s top court also ruled in 2016 that the President had violated the constitution when he used state funds to pay for multi-million dollar upgrades to his private home. He repaid some of the money.

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