- The ANC held a press briefing on Tuesday to discuss the future of President Jacob Zuma
- Ace Magashule, the ANC secretary general, said the president has not been given a deadline to respond to the party's recall
- It's hoped Zuma will respond by Wednesday
Ace Magashule, the ANC secretary general, said there is no deadline set for Zuma to respond to his recall, but he added the ANC believes the president will respond by Wednesday.
During a press briefing on Tuesday, Magashule said the National Executive Committee (NEC) called a special meeting on Monday to discuss President Jacob Zuma's future as the president of the country.
"The NEC received a report from the officials on their engagement with President Zuma. These engagements had been informed by the commitment to pursue firstly the interest of the country and the ANC and the determination to handle the matter with utmost dignity," Magashule said in the statement.
According to the statement, Zuma agreed, in principle, to resign. However, Zuma proposed time frames extending from three to six months to tender his resignation.
"While appreciating President Zuma’s proposal, the NEC noted that South Africa is going through a period of uncertainty and anxiety as a result of the unresolved matter of transition. Further, this uncertainty and anxiety will erode the renewed hope and confidence among South Africans since the 54th National Conference of the ANC."
Magashule said the ANC believes this situation requires the party to act with urgency in order to steer the country towards greater levels of unity, renewal and hope.
"We are determined to restore the integrity of the public institutions, create political stability and urgent economic recovery. Some of the matters we are contending with are the opportunistic maneuvers by the opposition in parliament. which include motions of no confidence in the president, calls for dissolution for parliament and other desperate acts."
The secretary general said the ANC’s approach to this matter has, at all times, been informed by the interests of the South African people.
Briefly.co.za reports that he said the NEC again sent officials to meet with Zuma about the need to speed up the process.
"The NEC received feedback from the delegation that the President of the Republic did not accede to a shorter time frame."
According to the statement, the NEC decided:
- To recall Zuma, in accordance with Rule 126.96.36.199 of the ANC Constitution, which accords the NEC the authority to “recall any public representative”.
- There should be continuing interaction between the officials of the ANC and the President of the Republic.
- The decision by the NEC to recall Zuma was taken only after exhaustive discussion on the impact such a recall would have on the country, the ANC and the functioning of government.
- The decision of the NEC provides certainty to the people of South Africa at a time when the economic and social challenges facing the country require urgent and resolute response by all sections of society.
- It is critical that South Africans are united around the task of growth, job creation and economic transformation.
- This decision will be communicated publicly and through appropriate forums to all structures of the ANC, Alliance Structures and all the Mass Democratic Formations.
- All necessary parliamentary processes that arise from this decision will now ensue.
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