Pressure mounts as NEC resolves to recall Zuma

Pressure mounts as NEC resolves to recall Zuma

Pressure mounts as NEC resolves to recall Zuma

South Africa's rand steadied against the dollar early on Tuesday as investors waited to hear whether President Jacob Zuma will resign as head of state after reports that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) had instructed him to step down.

"The national executive committee made a decision to recall the president in accordance with rule 12.2 of the ANC, which allows the ANC to recall it's deployees", Magashule told reporters at the ruling party's headquarters, Luthuli House.

On Monday night, the ANC's National Executive Committee met for 13 hours to discuss Zuma's fate and issued a demand that he resign.

The ANC's executive committee held a special meeting yesterday, and could recall Mr Zuma from office.

If Zuma, 75, still did not budge, he would face a vote of confidence in Parliament that he was expected to lose, the BBC said.

"Subsequent to that, we move on to an early election", Democratic Alliance party leader Mmusi Maimane told reporters, speaking alongside several opposition parties. "It happened before but I found it very odd to be told by my organisation that I must go", the president said.

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

The party's new leader, Cyril Ramaphosa has been attempting to get him to stand aside in the weeks since.

The government-funded SABC news service quoted sources at the meeting as saying that a deal had been struck for Mr Zuma to leave office.

"I'm being victimized here", Zuma said, complaining that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, his expected successor, and other ANC leaders had not given him clear reasons about why he should go.

An insider told TimesLIVE that‚ whichever way Zuma opts to leave‚ the process is now left to parliament to finalise within the next two days.

The ANC has not officially confirmed its plans, but party sources have described them to South African media outlets.

The stalemate has plunged South Africa - Africa's most developed economy - into uncertainty over who is running the country, with a series of public events cancelled last week including the annual State of the Nation address to parliament.

"We haven't given him any deadline to respond (but) when we recall our (president), we expect (him) to do what the organization expects him to do".

The State of Capture report by South Africa's former state prosecutor Thuli Mandolesa accused the Gupta brothers of using their wealth to influence government business including the choice of ministers appointed by president Jacob Zuma.

In 2008, Zuma's supporters pushed out then-president Thabo Mbeki via a similar "recall" manoeuvre over allegations of abuse of power.

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