THE African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) has formally asked President Jacob Zuma to resign after he refused to do so earlier.
At a media conference at Luthuli House‚ the ANC headquarters‚ secretary-general Ace Magashule said President Zuma has not been given a deadline to respond to the recall letter delivered to him this morning.
The ANC’s NEC, the highest decision making body between party conferences, deliberated for more than 13 hours on Monday over President’s Zuma’s fate, announcing their decision to remove him from office following weeks of speculation regarding the president’s future.
The announcement followed a dramatic week in which parliament announced the postponement of the State of the Nation Address that was scheduled for last Thursday. This, while the leadership of the ANC held what was described as leadership transition talks with President Zuma.
On Tuesday, Magashule said the decision to recall 75-year-old President Zuma was taken in order to “provide certainty” to the people of South Africa
Here’s how South Africa reacted to the news.
#Magashule There is only one centre of power, and it is the African National Congress.
— African National Congress (@MYANC) February 13, 2018
— Forensic expert from Kuvikiland (@IncomingExpert) February 13, 2018
#BreakingNews: #Zuma has been recalled, despite him pleading with the NEC for the 3 Months extension of his stay in the Highest Office in the land. Now my question is, will he resign? Especially that he was not given the deadline to have done as such…#Zexit
— Kagiso Monyadiwa (@KagisoMonyadiwa) February 13, 2018
— Evita Bezuidenhout (@TannieEvita) February 13, 2018
— Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh (@SizweMpofuWalsh) February 13, 2018
We need to get rid of all these leaders who propelled Zuma and protected him. What kind off leaders support Zuma? After Ace has delivered that letter he and all the corrupt individuals in the ANC must also face the music… #ZumaRecall
— Dr Makhosi Khoza (@Dr_MakhosiKhoza) February 13, 2018
#Zuma #ZumaRecall African leaders never seem to want to leave office with dignity… I'm a Zulu & I won't vote for a Zulu again, aai Zuma left a bad taste of looting & corruption… I want prosperity, security & jobs for the nation, whoever delivers has my vote
— Professor (@zipnzim07) February 13, 2018
This #ZumaRecall is an internal ANC resolution, nothing more.
Has no effect on Zuma’s status as President.
Unless Zuma tenders his resignation, this recall is not worth the paper it is printed on.
Only parliament can remove Zuma through a MoNC.
— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) February 13, 2018
— K E O A G I L E – SPACE (@Iam_Keoa) February 13, 2018
— I am Sabelo Zulu (@tczulu) February 13, 2018
I wonder if this painful transition is how Cyril Ramaphosa's term is going to go? Gingerly across multiple divides with more concern for party unity than national interest. Difficult times. #ZumaRecall
— Ferial Haffajee (@ferialhaffajee) February 13, 2018
— The Wolf of Oxford Street (@Mkhu28) February 13, 2018