Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

ANC Gives Zuma 48hrs To Resign

ANC Gives Zuma 48hrs To Resign

"He told them if the ANC issued a statement on its decision to recall him, he will retaliate". It is therefore not sufficient to simply vote the President out and replace him with another tainted candidate. The ANC NEC held a 13-hour-long marathon meeting in Irene, outside Pretoria.

The urgently called meeting started at 2pm local time (1200 GMT) on Monday and ended at 3am on Tuesday.

The power struggle over Zuma's departure has put him at loggerheads with Cyril Ramaphosa, his expected successor, who is the new head of the African National Congress (ANC).

But Zuma has refused to go despite months of negotiations. Mr Zuma's presence at the meeting was also unconfirmed. "We are of the view that Mr Zuma has violated the constitution and naturally must be removed‚" DA leader Mmusi Maimane said.

Earlier in the day, speculation was rife that Zuma demanded a three-month "notice period", after which he will resign unconditionally. The NEC rejected the conditions.

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"It is obvious we want Comrade Ramaphosa to come in as the President of South Africa", he added.

"If he does not leave willingly, we will call for mass action and take to the streets to remove him". He was disrespecting the organisation. "He hasn't been told yet", the source said.

On Sunday, Ramaphosa said the NEC meeting would finalise discussions on Zuma's exit, who is facing mounting pressure to step down.

Zuma headed the ANC, the party that led South Africans to freedom from apartheid in 1994, from December 2007 to December 2017.

"Recalling" the head of state is a party-level instruction that the 75-year-old Zuma is under no constitutional obligation to obey.

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Police said three unidentified people had been arrested in investigations into "Vrede Farm" - allegations that millions of dollars of public money meant for poor dairy farmers was siphoned off by the Guptas. "The NEC themselves said that I must resign‚ and I find that very odd that I should do so because this is not the first time that they've said this‚" President Zuma said.

Another asked: "What was the rush?"

"We will see what comrade Zuma's response is, but it's obvious that we want [ANC president] comrade [Cyril] Ramaphosa to take over as the president of the country".

A senior ANC official told Reuters the party has chose to "recall" Zuma - ANC-speak for "remove from office".

He said Mbete had not responded to the EFF letter about bringing forward the motion of no-confidence.

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Ramaphosa, the de facto president-in-waiting, has been in deadlocked negotiations with Zuma, who first dismissed a request from party leaders to resign more than a week ago.

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