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ANC calls for Zuma’s resignation today.

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The South African embattled President; Jacob Zuma has been given resignation deadline by the country’s ruling party; the Africa National Congress (ANC), lest they go ahead with a vote of no confidence motion in the National Assembly.

Meanwhile, the country’s Police minister has ruled out the possibility of arresting the president in the ongoing crackdown on individuals implicated in the influence peddling probe involving the Gupta family.

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South Africa’s elite police force, the Hawks, this morning conducted raids on several properties linked to the Gupta family and arrested three including a member of the Gupta family.

A judicial source told Reuters that police are expected to make five to seven more arrests, but also ruled out the possibility of arresting cabinet ministers implicated in the scandal.

Today, the president is also expected to respond to a recall effected by his party yesterday.

The ruling Africa National Congress (ANC) ordered the president to step down as head of state and told journalists that they belive Zuma will respond today.

A media briefing that had initially been scheduled for 8:00 hours GMT did not happen as the presidency asked the media to ‘await official notification’.

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Nigerian President Buhari Warns Ballot box snatchers to value their lives

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President Muhammadu Buhari has warned those planning to snatch ballot boxes during the elections to desist or pay with his or her life if caught.



President Buhari who stated this at the opening session of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Caucus meeting in Abuja, on Monday, said that such act would be the last unlawful act the person will be brought to book.

Meanwhile, the governors of Imo, Rochas Okorocha and Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun were conspicuously absent at the meeting.

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Buhari who said he is confident that he has garnered enough supporters having gone round the country to campaign, urged party members to reassure their constituents to come out and vote on the rescheduled dates.

While urging party agents to watch out for the party interests at the polling units the president said that he has directed security agencies to identify hot spots and be ready to move should they suspect any attempts to cause problems by thugs across the country irrespective of party affiliations.

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DR Congo blame Unending Ebola Outbreak on Violence , Community Mistrust.

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DR Congo Ministry of Health spokesperson Jessica Ilunga has declared that violence and community mistrust have continued to hamper all efforts to control and end the fresh Ebola outbreak, which started Aug. 1.



Though according to the World Health Organization the number of new Ebola cases has dropped slightly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as there are 33% fewer cases to date in February compared with the same time period in December per STAT’s Helen Branswell, but some experts warn Axios that there remain signs that this outbreak is far from over.

Meanwhile, some experts warn that, that doesn’t mean the world’s second-largest Ebola outbreak on record is yet under control, and in fact it could simply be moving to new areas of the sprawling country.

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Johns Hopkins’ public health expert Jennifer Nuzzo maintains there are several reasons people should continue to view this outbreak as a cause for concern.

However, Nuzzo said Congo needs more than money from the international community and the U.S. in particular. Safety concerns have largely caused the CDC to limit its Ebola experts to the capital city of Kinshasa, where some have returned after being evacuated during an uptick in election-related violence, Nuzzo added that Now is the time for the U.S. to send them into the field.

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