South Africa’s ANC confirms ‘recall’ of Zuma from presidency

by AljazirahNigeria | February 13, 2018 6:19 pm

South Africa’s ANC party confirmed Tuesday it had decided to “recall” scandal-tainted President Jacob Zuma from office but said there was no deadline for him to resign, pitching the country into further uncertainty.

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule told reporters that Zuma had “agreed in principle to resign and had proposed time frames extending from three to six months”.

But Magashule said there was no date for Zuma to stand down, and added that there would be “continuing interaction” between party officials and Zuma.

“In its wisdom, the NEC (National Executive Committee) decided… to recall its deployee Jacob Zuma,” Magashule told reporters.

“The decision by the NEC to recall its deployee was taken only after exhaustive discussion on the impact such a recall would have on the country.”

The ANC party can “recall” the head of state, but the process is a party-level instruction and he is under no constitutional obligation to obey.

The ANC said Zuma would respond to the recall decision on Wednesday.

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

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