- The ANC has given President Jacob Zuma an ultimatum to resign by the end of Tuesday or face being removed by Parliament
- ANC secretary general Ace Magashule delivered the recall notice to Zuma on Tuesday morning
- The ANC NEC decided to remove Zuma after a marathon 13-hour meeting on Monday evening
The African National Congress (ANC) has issued an ultimatum to President Jacob Zuma to resign by the end of Tuesday or risk being removed from office by Parliament.
ANC secretary general Ace Magashule delivered the recall notice to Zuma at the official presidential guesthouse on Tuesday morning.
The ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) held a marathon 13-hour meeting in Pretoria on Monday evening. The party’s highest decision-making body decided to recall Zuma or start Parliamentary proceedings (most likely a motion of no confidence) should he refuse.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Zuma has lost almost all of the support he once enjoyed within the ANC and that the balance of power had shifted towards the new ANC leadership.
ANC insiders say there is little to no sympathy for Zuma and his defiance which has gripped the nation for more than a week.
Presidential sources say Zuma is angry and emotional and will apparently respond publicly to the recall notice.
The ANC is set to make an official announcement at 14:00 on Tuesday, the announcement was originally set for 12:00.
Zuma has defied the ANC for well over a week, late on Monday night he once again refused to resign voluntarily. Party president Cyril Ramaphosa has been locked in negotiations with Zuma since last Sunday.
Zuma asked the NEC for a three month notice period, this he said was to introduce Ramaphosa to all the relevant international bodies. Critics claim the real reason was so Zuma could complete the nuclear build programme which would benefit his family.
On Sunday Ramaphosa called for a special NEC meeting scheduled for Monday to discuss Zuma’s recall. The meeting was seen as a line in the sand drawn by Ramaphosa.
The NEC is said to be highly impressed with the manner in which Ramaphosa has led the party in recent weeks.
If Zuma resigns, Ramaphosa will become acting president until Parliament can elect a new president. If however, Zuma continues to defy the ANC, the party will have to instruct its Parliamentary caucus to table a motion of no confidence against Zuma and remove him in this manner.
Only Parliament has the power to remove a sitting president from office.
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