Jacob Zuma don’t want to resign

By on February 13, 2018
Afrique du Sud. Jacob Zuma

President Jacob Zuma has defied an ultimatum from South Africa’s ruling partyto resign within 48 hours. ANC decided on Tuesday to sack Jacob Zuma as the country’s president.

The decision to tell Zuma to stand down or face being stripped of his office was taken at a specially convened emergency session of the highest decision-making body of the African National Congress near Pretoria, the administrative capital, late on Monday evening.

The meeting of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) was called after it became clear over the weekend that nearly five days of talks between Zuma and the deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, who took over the leadership of the ANC in December, had failed.

After nearly 10 hours of heated debate, Ramaphosa and a key ally of Zuma left the meeting shortly before midnight to drive to the president’s official residence to deliver an ultimatum: stand down or face “recall”, a technical term for the process of forcing an ANC official to leave their post.

However one domestic report said Zuma had asked for three months to resign, a request that was denied. Another report said Zuma simply told Ramaphosa: “Do what you want to do”.

The ANC may now have to move a no-confidence motion in parliament against its own former leader.
A press conference has been announced at ANC headquarters in Johannesburg at 2pm (midday GMT) on Tuesday.

Zuma’s tumultuous nine years in power have been marred by economic decline and multiple charges of corruption that undermined the image and legitimacy of the party that led South Africans to freedom from apartheid in 1994.

Ramaphosa narrowly defeated Zuma’s ex-wife and preferred successor, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, in the ANC leadership vote, to become party president and would have automatically replaced Zuma as South African president, in accordance with the constitution, on his resignation.

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