NEC decision to recall: Zuma could learn some manners from Mbeki

NEC decision to recall: Zuma could learn some manners from Mbeki

- Thabo Mbeki has said that he believes ANC members are expected to adhere to instructions from the NEC

- The former President was speaking in light of Zuma's refusal to accept the NEC's request for his resignation

- Zuma is clinging to power despite multiple calls for him to step down, resulting in the ANC issuing orders for his recall

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The NEC decided on Tuesday that Zuma should be recalled from office, after a series of meetings in which the President allegedly refused to resign.

In response to his refusal to step down, Thabo Mbeki has said that adhering to an instruction from the NEC is expected, and normal behaviour for an ANC member.

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule and his deputy, Jesse Duarte, today delivered the governing party’s letter requesting Zuma to step down to Zuma's official Pretoria residence.

South Africans have anxiously waited for the breaking news that he has resigned since the talks of the “transition of power” commenced just over a week ago.

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Several analysts commented on the likelihood of Zuma’s removal as state president, following Ramaphosa's election as the ANC president in December, gathered.

In 2008 the ANC recalled former president Thabo Mbeki, who was ask by the NEC to resign as the country’s leader following Zuma’s victory at the party’s elective conference in Polokwane the previous year.

Unlike Zuma, Mbeki honoured the ANC's authority and practices and resigned when called on to do so.

In a clip shared by EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Mbeki talks about his decision to adhere to the NEC’s instructions.

In one segment, Mbeki said: “So when the national executive committee of the ANC says, for whatever reason, we think that you should resign your position as president, so I said fine.”

He further added that had he not obeyed the call made by the party’s top leadership at the time, he would have gone against the “historical practices of the ANC”.

Many are of the opinion that Zuma's refusal to step down is disrespectful towards the party whose values he claims to uphold.

READ ALSO: Zuma will be removed by motion of no confidence on Thursday if he does not resign today

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