Pretoria, South Africa (CNN)Beleaguered South African President Jacob Zuma denounced efforts to oust him as “unfair” on Wednesday, as senior members of his party ramped up their chaotic efforts to end his corruption-tainted tenure.

In his first public remarks since leaders of the African National Congress demanded he step down, Zuma defiantly refused to go and complained the party was trying to rush him out. The ANC is desperately trying to prevent a protracted crisis and has set a deadline for Zuma to resign on Wednesday. If he doesn’t, it will back an opposition no-confidence motion in parliament on Thursday. It wants party leader Cyril Ramaphosa sworn in on Friday and a State of the Nation address that evening.Adding to the tumult, Zuma said he would make a further statement later on Wednesday. With few allies left, his resignation is still a possibility.Key developmentsRead MoreZuma said he had agreed to step down in June if the ANC accepted a phased transition. The ANC rejected that proposal.Police raided the home of the Zuma-allied Gupta brothers and later arrested three people over a corruption scandal. Zuma and the Guptas are implicated in the case.The National Assembly has agreed to hold the no-confidence vote Thursday. ANC members are intensifying pressure on Zuma to resign, telling the media he will do so on Wednesday.South African President Jacob Zuma was in office for nearly a decade. As head of the party that led South Africa out of apartheid, Zuma won elections in 2009 and 2014. But he has also been dogged by criminal investigations and corruption allegations. <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/08/africa/zuma-south-africa-vote/index.html" target="_blank">Dubbed the "Teflon" President,</a> Zuma survived a half dozen no-confidence votes before <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/14/africa/jacob-zuma-resigns-as-south-africa-president-intl/index.html" target="_blank">finally resigning</a> on February 14.South African President Jacob Zuma was in office for nearly a decade. As head of the party that led South Africa out of apartheid, Zuma won elections in 2009 and 2014. But he has also been dogged by criminal investigations and corruption allegations. <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/08/africa/zuma-south-africa-vote/index.html" target="_blank">Dubbed the "Teflon" President,</a> Zuma survived a half dozen no-confidence votes before <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/14/africa/jacob-zuma-resigns-as-south-africa-president-intl/index.html" target="_blank">finally resigning</a> on February 14. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerSouth African President Jacob Zuma was in office for nearly a decade. As head of the party that led South Africa out of apartheid, Zuma won elections in 2009 and 2014. But he has also been dogged by criminal investigations and corruption allegations. Dubbed the “Teflon” President, Zuma survived a half dozen no-confidence votes before finally resigning on February 14.Hide Caption 1 of 34In 1991, Zuma casts a vote for the ANC's new national executive. The ANC is the African National Congress, the political party that has led South Africa since the end of apartheid. For many years, the ANC and other opposition parties were banned in South Africa. In 1991, Zuma casts a vote for the ANC's new national executive. The ANC is the African National Congress, the political party that has led South Africa since the end of apartheid. For many years, the ANC and other opposition parties were banned in South Africa. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerIn 1991, Zuma casts a vote for the ANC’s new national executive. The ANC is the African National Congress, the political party that has led South Africa since the end of apartheid. For many years, the ANC and other opposition parties were banned in South Africa. Hide Caption 2 of 34Zuma campaigns with ANC leader Nelson Mandela, left, during South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994. Mandela was elected President. Zuma became the ANC's national chairman later that year.Zuma campaigns with ANC leader Nelson Mandela, left, during South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994. Mandela was elected President. Zuma became the ANC's national chairman later that year. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma campaigns with ANC leader Nelson Mandela, left, during South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. Mandela was elected President. Zuma became the ANC’s national chairman later that year.Hide Caption 3 of 34President Mandela is flanked by Zuma and Deputy President Thabo Mbeki, left, at the ANC's National Congress in 1997. At this conference, Mandela announced that he would be stepping down as president of the ANC and leaving it to Mbeki. Zuma would become the party's deputy president. After Mbeki was elected to be the country's President in 1999, Zuma was appointed as his deputy.President Mandela is flanked by Zuma and Deputy President Thabo Mbeki, left, at the ANC's National Congress in 1997. At this conference, Mandela announced that he would be stepping down as president of the ANC and leaving it to Mbeki. Zuma would become the party's deputy president. After Mbeki was elected to be the country's President in 1999, Zuma was appointed as his deputy. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerPresident Mandela is flanked by Zuma and Deputy President Thabo Mbeki, left, at the ANC’s National Congress in 1997. At this conference, Mandela announced that he would be stepping down as president of the ANC and leaving it to Mbeki. Zuma would become the party’s deputy president. After Mbeki was elected to be the country’s President in 1999, Zuma was appointed as his deputy.Hide Caption 4 of 34In 2005, a South African court found businessman Schabir Shaik guilty of bribing Zuma between 1995 and 2002. Zuma, seen here replying to a question in Parliament, was fired by President Mbaki over his alleged involvement in the bribery scandal.In 2005, a South African court found businessman Schabir Shaik guilty of bribing Zuma between 1995 and 2002. Zuma, seen here replying to a question in Parliament, was fired by President Mbaki over his alleged involvement in the bribery scandal. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerIn 2005, a South African court found businessman Schabir Shaik guilty of bribing Zuma between 1995 and 2002. Zuma, seen here replying to a question in Parliament, was fired by President Mbaki over his alleged involvement in the bribery scandal.Hide Caption 5 of 34Zuma leaves the Johannesburg High Court in February 2006. He had been charged with raping a young family friend; he claimed the sex was consensual. Zuma was acquitted a few months later.Zuma leaves the Johannesburg High Court in February 2006. He had been charged with raping a young family friend; he claimed the sex was consensual. Zuma was acquitted a few months later. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma leaves the Johannesburg High Court in February 2006. He had been charged with raping a young family friend; he claimed the sex was consensual. Zuma was acquitted a few months later.Hide Caption 6 of 34Zuma is congratulated by his attorney after his acquittal in May 2006.Zuma is congratulated by his attorney after his acquittal in May 2006. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma is congratulated by his attorney after his acquittal in May 2006.Hide Caption 7 of 34Zuma gives an interview the day after his acquittal. He apologized to the nation and launched a bid for the presidency.Zuma gives an interview the day after his acquittal. He apologized to the nation and launched a bid for the presidency. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma gives an interview the day after his acquittal. He apologized to the nation and launched a bid for the presidency.Hide Caption 8 of 34Zuma, right, is congratulated by Mbeki after defeating him to become the new president of the ANC in December 2007.Zuma, right, is congratulated by Mbeki after defeating him to become the new president of the ANC in December 2007. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma, right, is congratulated by Mbeki after defeating him to become the new president of the ANC in December 2007.Hide Caption 9 of 34From left, Zuma, Mandela and Mbeki arrive on stage for Mandela's 90th birthday celebration in August 2008.From left, Zuma, Mandela and Mbeki arrive on stage for Mandela's 90th birthday celebration in August 2008. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerFrom left, Zuma, Mandela and Mbeki arrive on stage for Mandela’s 90th birthday celebration in August 2008.Hide Caption 10 of 34Zuma sings and dances after a speech at a rally in February 2009. Zuma was elected as South Africa's President a couple of months later.Zuma sings and dances after a speech at a rally in February 2009. Zuma was elected as South Africa's President a couple of months later. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma sings and dances after a speech at a rally in February 2009. Zuma was elected as South Africa’s President a couple of months later.Hide Caption 11 of 34Zuma takes an oath during his inauguration in May 2009.Zuma takes an oath during his inauguration in May 2009. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma takes an oath during his inauguration in May 2009.Hide Caption 12 of 34US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses journalists next to Zuma in August 2009. The two met in Durban, South Africa.US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses journalists next to Zuma in August 2009. The two met in Durban, South Africa. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerUS Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses journalists next to Zuma in August 2009. The two met in Durban, South Africa.Hide Caption 13 of 34Zuma addresses the United Nations General Assembly in September 2009.Zuma addresses the United Nations General Assembly in September 2009. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma addresses the United Nations General Assembly in September 2009.Hide Caption 14 of 34Zuma signs a blackboard in October 2009, pledging South Africa's support for a global campaign to ensure education for all the world's children.Zuma signs a blackboard in October 2009, pledging South Africa's support for a global campaign to ensure education for all the world's children. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma signs a blackboard in October 2009, pledging South Africa’s support for a global campaign to ensure education for all the world’s children.Hide Caption 15 of 34Zuma sings and dances with his new wife, Thobeka Mabhija, at their wedding ceremony in January 2010. It was the fifth marriage for the polygamous Zuma.Zuma sings and dances with his new wife, Thobeka Mabhija, at their wedding ceremony in January 2010. It was the fifth marriage for the polygamous Zuma. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma sings and dances with his new wife, Thobeka Mabhija, at their wedding ceremony in January 2010. It was the fifth marriage for the polygamous Zuma.Hide Caption 16 of 34Zuma inspects the troops at a ceremonial welcome in London in March 2010.Zuma inspects the troops at a ceremonial welcome in London in March 2010. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma inspects the troops at a ceremonial welcome in London in March 2010.Hide Caption 17 of 34Zuma looks at a chess set with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during his state visit in 2010. The chess set had been given to the Queen by Nelson Mandela in 1996.Zuma looks at a chess set with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during his state visit in 2010. The chess set had been given to the Queen by Nelson Mandela in 1996. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma looks at a chess set with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II during his state visit in 2010. The chess set had been given to the Queen by Nelson Mandela in 1996.Hide Caption 18 of 34Zuma and FIFA President Sepp Blatter address the crowd before the opening match of the 2010 World Cup. South Africa was the first African country to host the tournament.Zuma and FIFA President Sepp Blatter address the crowd before the opening match of the 2010 World Cup. South Africa was the first African country to host the tournament. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma and FIFA President Sepp Blatter address the crowd before the opening match of the 2010 World Cup. South Africa was the first African country to host the tournament.Hide Caption 19 of 34Zuma, left, and Sky Sports commentator Chris Kamara play a charity soccer match in Cape Town, South Africa, in July 2010.Zuma, left, and Sky Sports commentator Chris Kamara play a charity soccer match in Cape Town, South Africa, in July 2010. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma, left, and Sky Sports commentator Chris Kamara play a charity soccer match in Cape Town, South Africa, in July 2010.Hide Caption 20 of 34Zuma shakes hands with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner at a G20 Summit in Seoul, South Korea, in November 2010.Zuma shakes hands with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner at a G20 Summit in Seoul, South Korea, in November 2010. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma shakes hands with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner at a G20 Summit in Seoul, South Korea, in November 2010.Hide Caption 21 of 34Zuma addresses dignitaries during the opening ceremony of an International Olympic Committee session in July 2011. The IOC was meeting to decide which city would host the 2018 Winter Games.Zuma addresses dignitaries during the opening ceremony of an International Olympic Committee session in July 2011. The IOC was meeting to decide which city would host the 2018 Winter Games. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma addresses dignitaries during the opening ceremony of an International Olympic Committee session in July 2011. The IOC was meeting to decide which city would host the 2018 Winter Games.Hide Caption 22 of 34Zuma greets American civil-rights activist Jesse Jackson at a ceremony in Bloemfontein, South Africa, in January 2012.Zuma greets American civil-rights activist Jesse Jackson at a ceremony in Bloemfontein, South Africa, in January 2012. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma greets American civil-rights activist Jesse Jackson at a ceremony in Bloemfontein, South Africa, in January 2012.Hide Caption 23 of 34Zuma toasts his 70th birthday in April 2012.Zuma toasts his 70th birthday in April 2012. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma toasts his 70th birthday in April 2012.Hide Caption 24 of 34Zuma looks at Cyril Ramaphosa after Ramaphosa was elected deputy president of the ANC in December 2012. Zuma was re-elected as the party's president.Zuma looks at Cyril Ramaphosa after Ramaphosa was elected deputy president of the ANC in December 2012. Zuma was re-elected as the party's president. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma looks at Cyril Ramaphosa after Ramaphosa was elected deputy president of the ANC in December 2012. Zuma was re-elected as the party’s president.Hide Caption 25 of 34Zuma sings during a send-off ceremony for former President Nelson Mandela, who died in December 2013 at the age of 95.Zuma sings during a send-off ceremony for former President Nelson Mandela, who died in December 2013 at the age of 95. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma sings during a send-off ceremony for former President Nelson Mandela, who died in December 2013 at the age of 95.Hide Caption 26 of 34Zuma unveils a giant statue of Mandela at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, in December 2013.Zuma unveils a giant statue of Mandela at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, in December 2013. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma unveils a giant statue of Mandela at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, in December 2013.Hide Caption 27 of 34Zuma and his wife Thobeka Mabhija, right, pose with then Zimbabwean President <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/31/africa/gallery/robert-mugabe/index.html" target="_blank">Robert Mugabe</a> and his wife, Grace, as they meet in Pretoria in April 2015.Zuma and his wife Thobeka Mabhija, right, pose with then Zimbabwean President <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/31/africa/gallery/robert-mugabe/index.html" target="_blank">Robert Mugabe</a> and his wife, Grace, as they meet in Pretoria in April 2015. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma and his wife Thobeka Mabhija, right, pose with then Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace, as they meet in Pretoria in April 2015.Hide Caption 28 of 34US President Barack Obama jokes with Zuma during a New York luncheon hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in September 2015.US President Barack Obama jokes with Zuma during a New York luncheon hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in September 2015. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerUS President Barack Obama jokes with Zuma during a New York luncheon hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in September 2015.Hide Caption 29 of 34Zuma poses for a photo following a television interview in October 2015.Zuma poses for a photo following a television interview in October 2015. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma poses for a photo following a television interview in October 2015.Hide Caption 30 of 34Zuma and Obama shake hands before a group photo at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, in September 2016. In November of that year, a report was published that contained <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/02/africa/south-africa-pretoria-zuma-protests/" target="_blank">corruption allegations against Zuma. </a>Zuma denied any wrongdoing. He also <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/10/africa/jacob-zuma-no-confidence-vote/" target="_blank">avoided a vote of no-confidence</a> in Parliament. It was the third time in less than a year that Zuma had faced such a vote.Zuma and Obama shake hands before a group photo at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, in September 2016. In November of that year, a report was published that contained <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/02/africa/south-africa-pretoria-zuma-protests/" target="_blank">corruption allegations against Zuma. </a>Zuma denied any wrongdoing. He also <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/10/africa/jacob-zuma-no-confidence-vote/" target="_blank">avoided a vote of no-confidence</a> in Parliament. It was the third time in less than a year that Zuma had faced such a vote. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma and Obama shake hands before a group photo at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, in September 2016. In November of that year, a report was published that contained corruption allegations against Zuma. Zuma denied any wrongdoing. He also avoided a vote of no-confidence in Parliament. It was the third time in less than a year that Zuma had faced such a vote.Hide Caption 31 of 34Zuma talks on his cell phone during a G20 session in Hamburg, Germany, in July 2017. A month later, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/08/africa/zuma-south-africa-vote/index.html" target="_blank">he survived an ouster attempt</a> in his country's National Assembly. A motion of no-confidence was defeated by 198 votes to 177.Zuma talks on his cell phone during a G20 session in Hamburg, Germany, in July 2017. A month later, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/08/africa/zuma-south-africa-vote/index.html" target="_blank">he survived an ouster attempt</a> in his country's National Assembly. A motion of no-confidence was defeated by 198 votes to 177. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma talks on his cell phone during a G20 session in Hamburg, Germany, in July 2017. A month later, he survived an ouster attempt in his country’s National Assembly. A motion of no-confidence was defeated by 198 votes to 177.Hide Caption 32 of 34Zuma attends an African Union summit in January 2018.Zuma attends an African Union summit in January 2018. Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma attends an African Union summit in January 2018.Hide Caption 33 of 34Zuma speaks to the nation at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on February 14. <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/14/africa/jacob-zuma-resigns-as-south-africa-president-intl/index.html">He announced his resignation </a>during the nationally televised address. <br />"No life should be lost in my name and also the ANC should never be divided in my name. I have therefore come to the decision to resign as President of the Republic with immediate effect."Zuma speaks to the nation at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on February 14. <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/14/africa/jacob-zuma-resigns-as-south-africa-president-intl/index.html">He announced his resignation </a>during the nationally televised address. <br />"No life should be lost in my name and also the ANC should never be divided in my name. I have therefore come to the decision to resign as President of the Republic with immediate effect." Photos: Jacob Zuma's embattled political careerZuma speaks to the nation at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on February 14. He announced his resignation during the nationally televised address. “No life should be lost in my name and also the ANC should never be divided in my name. I have therefore come to the decision to resign as President of the Republic with immediate effect.”Hide Caption 34 of 3437 jacob zuma FILE 2006 RESTRICTED11 jacob zuma FILE 199112 jacob zuma FILE 1994 RESTRICTED03 jacob zuma gallery04 jacob zuma 020613 jacob zuma FILE 200614 jacob zuma FILE 200615 jacob zuma FILE 200616 jacob zuma FILE 200717 jacob zuma FILE 200834 jacob zuma FILE 2009 RESTRICTED05 jacob zuma gallery06 jacob zuma gallery RESTRICTED07 jacob zuma gallery 020626 jacob zuma FILE 2009 RESTRICTED18 jacob zuma FILE 201029 jacob zuma FILE 201028 jacob zuma FILE 201030 jacob zuma FILE 201036 jacob zuma FILE 201019 jacob zuma FILE 201020 jacob zuma FILE 201131 jacob zuma FILE 2012 RESTRICTED22 jacob zuma FILE 2012 RESTRICTED08 jacob zuma gallery RESTRICTED32 jacob zuma FILE 201335 jacob zuma FILE 201333 jacob zuma FILE 201523 jacob zuma FILE 201527 jacob zuma FILE 2015 RESTRICTED24 jacob zuma FILE 201625 jacob zuma FILE 201701 Jacob Zuma 012802 south african president jacob zuma 021418‘I’m being victimized’After years of scandal, is South Africa finally done with Jacob ZumaAfter years of scandal, is South Africa finally done with Jacob ZumaAfter years of scandal, is South Africa finally done with Jacob ZumaIn an interview with state broadcaster SABC, Zuma delivered a rambling monologue in which he denied any wrongdoing. “My problem is that nobody has provided to me, even in the discussions that we are talking about, what have I done. Because I have explained many times that this process, there’s nothing I’ve done wrong,” he said.”This has been done in a manner that I felt, I’m being victimized here.”Zuma faces hundreds of allegations of corruption, more than 780 of which relate to a 1990s arms deal alone. Zuma denies all the graft allegations against him. He also denied defying the ANC’s leadership: “I’ve not defied. I’ve disagreed with a decision taken. I disagree with it, I think it is baseless.” In his comments, the President also criticized the ANC for rejecting his proposal to resign in a few months’ time, arguing they should allow him to lead the country to chair upcoming international events, such as the BRICS summit. “What is this hurry, what are you rushing for?” Zuma’s term was due to end next year.Dawn raid on the GuptasIn what appeared to be a parallel effort to force Zuma’s resignation, police made three arrests after a dawn raid on the Indian-born Gupta brothers’ home in Johannesburg. Police did not say who they had arrested, but added that two others were expected to hand themselves in.The three Gupta brothers are wealthy allies of Zuma and are accused of using their ties with the President for financial gain. They deny all the allegations against them. Indian businessmen, Ajay Gupta, right, and younger brother Atul Gupta pictured in March 2011.Indian businessmen, Ajay Gupta, right, and younger brother Atul Gupta pictured in March 2011.Indian businessmen, Ajay Gupta, right, and younger brother Atul Gupta pictured in March 2011.Zuma made no mention of the raids or the Guptas in his long remarks. But the raids were a clear shot across Zuma’s bows — the Guptas have long been implicated in corruption cases linked to the President but until now have largely been untouchable. They were also a sign that Zuma is losing his grip on power to Ramaphosa, who is likely eager to show his willingness to pursue the corruption allegations that have dogged Zuma’s near-nine-year tenure.Wednesday’s operation was linked to the Vrede Farm scandal, in which the three Guptas and government officials are accused of stealing money allocated to benefit poor black farmers. Zuma is implicated in the case, but he and the Guptas deny involvement.ANC: ‘The ball is in Zuma’s court’The raid on the Guptas’ home came a day after the ANC announced a “recall” of Zuma — in effect, a public demand that he step down. The recall does not legally require him quit, but it signaled that he had lost the support of the party’s top brass and means that surviving a no-confidence vote would be near impossible.Zuma’s ability to survive the scandals in the past earned him the nickname “Teflon President.” He has emerged unscathed in a slew of no-confidence votes over the years despite the extraordinary number of corruption allegations against him, counting on the ANC’s dominance in parliament to shield him.But with the 2019 general elections looming, the ANC has turned against Zuma and has said that the tumult over the President’s scandals was tarnishing the party’s name and bringing instability to the country. The party, once led by Nelson Mandela, has ruled South Africa since 1994, and led the country out of apartheid.”We cant wait. It’s not fair to South Africans. It’s not fair to the ANC. It’s not fair to anybody,” ANC Treasury General Paul Mashatile told reporters Wednesday. “The ball is in his court. We are moving ahead.”For its part, the ANC has faltered over the years to force Zuma out and has desperately ramped up pressure against the leader in recent days to hammer the nail in his coffin. Some ANC leaders have said they expect Zuma to step down on Wednesday.

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