Zuma recall: No deadline for Zuma

The ANC has given president Jacob Zuma no deadline to resign.

The party announced the decision to recall Zuma on Tuesday afternoon in a news briefing in Johannesburg, following a marathon meeting of party leaders on Monday.

Party secretary-general Ace Magashule said the president had agreed in principle to resign during discussions.

“The NEC noted the report of the officials that the President had agreed in principle to resign and had proposed time frames extending from three to six months,” he said.

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“While appreciating 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.”

It remains unclear when the president will tender his resignation.

Magashule said the ANC was expecting Zuma to respond by Wednesday to the recall decision taken by the party.

“There’s no deadline, tomorrow the president will respond. I don’t know whether you call it a deadline but I know the president will respond tomorrow.”

The national executive committee (NEC) of the ANC met in Irene, Pretoria, from Monday 2pm until the following morning at 03:00, to discuss the future of the sitting president of the country.

This came after days of negotiations on Zuma’s exit plan between the president of the party Cyril Ramaphosa and Zuma.

A lawyer, Tembeka Ngcukaitobi said if Zuma was refusing to resign, there were two options available to remove him from office.

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The party could sponsor a motion of no confidence. If successful, this would see the sitting president as well as his Cabinet removed.

Another option was impeachment, which Parliament is still writing rules for.

“This process would only have implications for the president, forfeiting all the benefits of the office of the President.”

He said, however, this process would take time.

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