- Military leaders have revealed that an attempted coup was narrowly averted on the eve of Zuma's forced resignation
- Zuma was prepared to declare a state of emergency and arrest MPs
- The plans were cancelled when Zuma was told that the army would not support him
When former president Jacob Zuma was forced to resign soldiers loyal to him were prepared to perform a coup to keep him in power on that fateful evening in February.
President Cyril Ramaphosa was able to avoid the coup when the ANC leadership became aware of the plans. Ramaphosa was warned to resolve the standoff between himself and Zuma or face revolt.
Zuma had significant support among the ANC military group Umkhonto weSizwe, particularly his former comrades during the struggle.
Senior military leaders dismissed rumours that a coup would have actually taken place saying that the military would not have tolerated a revolt and insisted that the army was loyal to the Constitution of South Africa.
Groups such as the MK Inkululeko Foundation had threatened to start a civil war of Zuma was not allowed to complete his term in office.
Zuma is now being hailed as a hero by his supporters for resigning and preventing Ramaphosa from being embarrassed in front of the world by a military coup.
Ramaphosa does not enjoy the same respect in the armed forces as Zuma and is considered a civilian.
South Africa narrowly averted a state of emergency when Zuma called off plans to cordon off Parliament and arrest MPs on the day he gave an exclusive interview to the SABC.
The plans were cancelled when Zuma was informed that the military leaders below the army chief were loyal to the Constitution and not Zuma.
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