South Africa’s “Teflon President” Might Be Finally Be Kicked Out Of Office. This Is Why.

Embattled South African President Jacob Zuma is facing mounting pressure from within his own party to step down amid years of allegations of corruption.

The ruling political party of South Africa has finally asked its president to resign, potentially breaking weeks of deadlock.

The ruling political party of South Africa has finally asked its president to resign, potentially breaking weeks of deadlock.

Known as the “teflon president,” the 75-year-old Jacob Zuma was first elected in 2009.

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Zuma’s future as president plunged into uncertainty when mounting tensions from various opposition parties prompted him to postpone his State of the Nation speech last week.

Zuma’s future as president plunged into uncertainty when mounting tensions from various opposition parties prompted him to postpone his State of the Nation speech last week.

It was the first time a president has had to make such a move since former President Nelson Mandela’s inaugural speech in 1994.

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Zuma’s tenure over the African National Congress (ANC) will probably be remembered for epic allegations of corruption — and the continuing downward spiral of Nelson Mandela’s party.

Zuma’s tenure over the African National Congress (ANC) will probably be remembered for epic allegations of corruption — and the continuing downward spiral of Nelson Mandela’s party.

While he did champion lifesaving AIDS drugs that his predecessor mocked, the allegations stacked against Zuma are plentiful enough to drag down his reputation. His connections to the wealthy Gupta family have drawn particular scrutiny, with reports alleging that the Indian family profited from his presidency. (Both Zuma and the Gupta brothers have repeatedly denied these reports.)

He also has long-standing allegations of corruption dating back to before his presidency looming over him.

There have also been accusations of rape, with one of the more notable testimonies coming from Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo, who wrote a book about her experience, and died in 2016.

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Despite all this, Zuma survived his sixth no-confidence vote last August.

Despite all this, Zuma survived his sixth no-confidence vote last August.

But after more than a decade of his rule, many in the ANC want Zuma out ahead of the 2019 presidential elections, desperate to avoid another experience like the 2016 election. The once dominant party experienced its worst performance since the end of Apartheid in 1994, losing to the Democratic Alliance in the capital Pretoria.

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The opportunity to remove Zuma was set in motion in December last year, when party members voted to replace him at the top of the party with South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The opportunity to remove Zuma was set in motion in December last year, when party members voted to replace him at the top of the party with South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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South African First Lady Tobeka Madiba Zuma posted a controversial caption to an Instagram photo of herself with the president, warning “don’t fight with someone who is not fighting you.”

The Zuma family quickly issued an apology for the first lady’s post, but it's been viewed another example of the family’s attitude that many in the ANC – and the country – now see as toxic.

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Earlier this week Mmusi Maimane, leader of the DA who triumphed over the ANC in 2016, called for the immediate removal of Zuma and his “cronies.”

Earlier this week Mmusi Maimane, leader of the DA who triumphed over the ANC in 2016, called for the immediate removal of Zuma and his “cronies.”

“We reject any amnesty deal as an insult,” he said.

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Now, following today’s ballot, Zuma has 48 hours to respond to the ANC’s call for his resignation.

Now, following today’s ballot, Zuma has 48 hours to respond to the ANC’s call for his resignation.

If he accepts, Ramaphosa will be the party's pick to take over. If Zuma refuses to accept the party's call, he will force parliament to initiate a vote of no confidence – the seventh in his presidency.

Ahead of the vote on February 22, Maimane has called on South Africans to “flood the streets.”

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Winter Olympics Skater Meagan Duhamel Rescued a Dog from the South Korea Dog Meat Trade

This year, Canadian pair skater Meagan Duhamel is leaving the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with at least one gold medal, as part of the winning Canada skate team. Last year, she came back from the country with a dog.

The vegan figure skater rescued her mini-dachshund Moo-tae, destined for a dog meat farm, from the country during a visit last February, reports New York Post.

Duhamel, a two-time world champion, hopes that other animal-loving athletes take the opportunity to save a canine during the Olympics.

In South Korea, close to two million dogs are raised on meat farms in horrible conditions each year and then slaughtered to be served as a delicacy. Dog meat dishes can be found throughout the country, including in Pyeongchang.

Free Korean Dogs is one of the groups working to save dogs from the South Korea dog meat trade and bring them to other countries to be adopted out. The non-profit united Duhamel with her beloved Moo-tae last year, driving the dog eight hours to meet the skater, where she was competing in a test run for the Olympics, so she could take the innocent pup home.

Along with saving her dog, Duhamel also brought another dog meat farm rescue back to Montreal to be adopted out to another family.

Moo-tae didn’t arrive in North America injury-free, the pet will have misshapen legs for the rest of his life due to the abuse he experienced as a puppy.

But the little pup seems eager to put that behind him, quickly adjusting to the loving, safe life he has with Duhamel.

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“Most of the time, he just wants to sit in everybody’s arms,” she told the Associated Press. “He doesn’t even care to play, he just walks up to everybody and wants to be held.”

Duhamel plans to bring another dog meat farm survivor home on her return trip from the Pyeongchang Olympics, she hopes other athletes will do the same even if they can’t adopt the dog themselves and need to have it adopted out at home instead.

24 South Koreans Say What They Really Think About North Korea

“Dangerous and naughty but family.”

“North Korea, who are you guys? Can we be friends?”

"North Korea, who are you guys? Can we be friends?"

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“NK & SK: We love each other, I guess…”

"NK & SK: We love each other, I guess..."

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“Now we seem far away but I hope we can be friends later on.”

"Now we seem far away but I hope we can be friends later on."

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“NK: Dangerous and naughty but family.”

"NK: Dangerous and naughty but family."

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“We were one. Now we are two.”

"We were one. Now we are two."

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“So scared.”

"So scared."

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“The situation is very uncomfortable, uncertain, and dark. I hope spring comes soon.”

"The situation is very uncomfortable, uncertain, and dark. I hope spring comes soon."

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“Kim Jung-un.”

"Kim Jung-un."

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“Now we are enemies but in the future can we be family?”

"Now we are enemies but in the future can we be family?"

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“We definitely need more cultural interaction and less military conflict.”

"We definitely need more cultural interaction and less military conflict."

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“The reality is kind of sad. The joint entrance and the flags (at the opening ceremony) was moving.”

"The reality is kind of sad. The joint entrance and the flags (at the opening ceremony) was moving."

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“It’s heartbreaking that our country is divided. I love the North Koreans with all my heart. We are one.”

"It's heartbreaking that our country is divided. I love the North Koreans with all my heart. We are one."

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“Although it seems dangerous right now, I think there will be reunification one day. Go team Korea!”

"Although it seems dangerous right now, I think there will be reunification one day. Go team Korea!"

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“Enemy state.”

"Enemy state."

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“I hope we can step away from political ideology and be reunited peacefully.”

"I hope we can step away from political ideology and be reunited peacefully."

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“From PyeongChang Olympics to reunification!”

"From PyeongChang Olympics to reunification!"

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“It’s hard to answer because it’s a sensitive issue. It’s hard to trust North Korea and what they are doing. It’s quite worrisome. I hope that they stay truthful.”

"It's hard to answer because it's a sensitive issue. It's hard to trust North Korea and what they are doing. It's quite worrisome. I hope that they stay truthful."

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“We are one. We marched in the parade together 11 years ago and it’s very moving to see it happen again.”

"We are one. We marched in the parade together 11 years ago and it's very moving to see it happen again."

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“Let’s see each other soon! Go Pyeongchang Olympics!”

"Let's see each other soon! Go Pyeongchang Olympics!"

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“We hope for reunification. We are one. Passion. Connected. Go Pyeongchang Olympics!”

"We hope for reunification. We are one. Passion. Connected. Go Pyeongchang Olympics!"

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“I hope we can become closer through the Pyeongchang Olympics.”

"I hope we can become closer through the Pyeongchang Olympics."

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“There were some countries that originally said they weren’t going to participate because of North Korea provocations, but now that they are participating I think it’s going to be a peaceful Olympic games.”

"There were some countries that originally said they weren't going to participate because of North Korea provocations, but now that they are participating I think it's going to be a peaceful Olympic games."

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