On Wednesday President Jacob Zuma had a surprise briefing with the SABC, where he made statements for the first time since the ANC announced they would recall him
Here is eight statements Zuma made during the interview:
1. "No. I have not defied the party"
Zuma said he was not going against the party that elected him as the country's president.
However, he added they could not tell him what he did wrong, and they rejected the terms he gave in return for his resignation.
2. "What have I done wrong? I have done nothing wrong"
Zuma said no one has been able to provide him with an answer on what he did wrong, which led to the ANC wanting to recall him. He added their attempts to remove him suggested if he was not "there the situation would be different".
The president added there were disciplinary processes to be followed, and he felt in a sense that he situation was "unfair".
He then said he did nothing wrong.
3. "It is not policy of the ANC that once you have the conference of the ANC (December's election), immediately there is a new president, then there should be a change over"
Zuma said the president elected in the elective conference should take 18 months to prepare for the next national elections.
He added those saying they did not want two centres of power don't know exactly what they were talking about.
Zuma said when Mbeki was elected as the ANC president, Madiba continued as the head of the state.
4. "Go back to the national working committee and tell them I would not resign"
Zuma said he told the ANC leadership to go back to the NWC, who instructed them to negotiate with him, and tell them he would not step down willingly.
The president said after refusing to step down, he received a call this week from the secretary-general, to inform him the NEC decided to recall him. Zuma added he was not surprised by this.
5. "If you wan to recall, then recall"
Zuma said without telling him what he did wrong and by deciding to recall him, the ANC had no reasons to convince him why they would take the decision to force his exit.
6. "I disagree with the decision"
The president said he was not defying the ANC, but he disagreed with the "baseless" decision to convince him to resign.
He added there was "no motivation" which would let him believe the ANC wanting his resignation was fine.
7. "I am being victimised here"
Zuma said without facts and reasons for him to resign, he felt victimised .
8. "For the first time I am feeling the leadership is unfair"
The president said, after refusing to resign, that the leadership did not try and help him understand why he should resign, they just wanted him gone.
Take a look at his full interview below:
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