8 days in February: Countdown to Zexit

8 days in February: Countdown to Zexit

- The last 8 days have shown how unstable South African politics can be as Zuma faces imminent resignation or removal through a vote of no confidence

- Details were vague as the ANC seesawed between being decisive and giving Zuma space and time to decide

- It appears Zuma has angered the ANC into action and the party has uncharacteristically vowed to support the EFF's motion of no confidence in Jacob Zuma

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The question has changed from if Jacob Zuma will to go to when Zuma will go. This comes after a captivating week in South African politics in which the tables have firmly turned on Zuma. Since the ANC's NEC meeting on Sunday in which they officially decided to recall Jacob Zuma.

Briefly.co.za examined the days that followed with the help of cfr.org and saw that they painted a picture of a defiant Zuma facing off against the ANC which is in complete opposite to the events which led to Thabo Mbeki's resignation.

Monday, 5 February

The National Working Committee meets at Luthuli House, Johannesburg. There were rumours that the ANC was preparing to formally recall Zuma.

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Tuesday, 6 February

The Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete postpones the State of the Nation for the first time since democratic elections in 1994. Malema predicted Zuma's resignation would come soon. Mbete's reason for postponing the event was due to a vague reference to “threats to the event.”

The DA demanded that Zuma is impeached.

Jacob Zuma, Cyril Ramaphosa, and party secretary-general Ace Magashule meet at the president's official residence in Cape Town. According to media reports, Zuma agrees to resign on condition that a list of unspecified demands is met. The NEC meeting scheduled for the next day is postponed.

Wednesday, 7 February

Things appear to calm down. Opposition parties meet to discuss on how to proceed, particularly with the EFF's motion of no confidence and what will happen in the event it is successful.

The opposition complains that the country cannot be allowed to come to a standstill on account of internal ANC politics.

Zuma and Ramaphosa engage in another round of discussions around the transition of power.

Thursday, 8 February

According to reports from anonymous ANC members, Ramaphosa promised that he was not offering Zuma immunity from prosecution. Ramaphosa also said that the transition would be completed in a matter of days.

Friday, 9 February

Ramaphosa and other top ANC members cancel a scheduled event to attend to "pressing matters".

The Top Six schedule a meeting for Saturday. The public is kept in the dark about developments around Zuma and Ramaphosa's discussions.

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Monday, 12 February

The NEC holds a meeting to decide on what to do with Zuma. According to reports, he agrees to step down but details are vague. Later it is revealed that Zuma was prepared to step down unconditionally in three to six months.

Opposition leaders renew their call for a motion of no confidence vote to be rescheduled for this week. They also make calls for the dissolution of Parliament and fresh elections to be held before the scheduled 2019 elections.

After a lengthy meeting, Ramaphosa and Ace Magashule meet Zuma to give him an ultimatum resign in 48-hours or be recalled.

It was later revealed that Ramaphosa attempted to convince Zuma to reduce the time-frame of his resignation. Zuma refused.

Tuesday, 13 February

Zuma is handed an official letter informing him that he has been recalled by the ANC. Magashule holds a press conference where he explained that the NEC asked Zuma to resign without offering a deadline.

Magashule added that they did not decide to recall Zuma for any wrongdoing on his part and that there was no need to humiliate him.

The ANC releases a statement confirming that Zuma had been recalled and the proposal by Zuma to stay on for up to six months.

Zuma reportedly refuses to resign.

Wednesday, 14 February

Zuma's scheduled 10 o'clock press conference is cancelled and the media is told that there never was an official appointment to brief the press.

The ANC agreed to move the EFF's motion of no confidence to Thursday and agree to support it saying that Zuma must go and Ramaphosa must take over.

Zuma is interviewed by the SABC where he says that the ANC has not given him reasons for his recall and that he is not defying the party.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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