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Jacob Zuma says there's no need for him to step down

South Africa's scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma says he has done nothing wrong - and sees no reason to stand down immediately.
 
Mr Zuma spoke after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) announced it will hold a vote of no confidence in his leadership on Thursday.
 
The 75 year old has come under increasing pressure to resign amid numerous allegations of corruption.
 
He told the national broadcaster SABC during a lengthy unannounced interview that the ANC had failed to explain why he had been recalled.
 
Mr. Zuma added that the ANC's call for him to step down as South Africa's President had made him feel like a victim.
 
Meanwhile, South Africa's elite police unit has raided the home of a controversial business family linked to President Zuma, as pressure increases on him to stand down.
 
Officials say three people were arrested as part of an investigation into the wealthy, Indian-born Guptas.
 
They have been accused of using their close friendship with Mr. Zuma to wield enormous political influence.
 
His links to the Guptas are one of the reasons he is being forced to resign before the 2019 general election.
 
The Guptas and Mr. Zuma deny all allegations of wrongdoing.


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