Reports say the African National Congress (ANC)’s highest decision making body has resolved to recall President Jacob Zuma, invoking the clause in the party’s constitution that gives the structure the powers to recall a public representative.
The party was expected to write to President Zuma this Tuesday morning, informing him of its decision.
The ANC NEC held a 13-hour-long marathon meeting in Irene, outside Pretoria.
The urgently called meeting started at 14:00 on Monday and ended at 03:00 on Tuesday.
At 23:00, the NEC instructed party president Cyril Ramaphosa and secretary-general Ace Magashule to drive to Zuma’s official residence Mahlamba Ndlopfu in Pretoria to give him an ultimatum to resign or face a recall.
That meeting lasted less than an hour, with President Zuma refusing to comply.
Ramaphosa and Magashule delivered that news to the NEC meeting at 00:00.
The venue was on lockdown in the hour that the two left to meet Zuma and returned.
NEC sources told News24 that during the trio’s meeting, Zuma was still asking “what he did wrong”.
“President Zuma told Ramaphosa and Magashule that he will respond to them publicly when the party informs him of the decision to recall him,” a source said.
The ANC was expected to brief the media on the outcomes on the NEC meeting at 12:00 today.
President Zuma is said to have demanded to stay on at the Union Buildings for another three months to attend at least two upcoming events.
The NEC, however, rejected his conditions.
Sources insisted that President Zuma wanted to still be head of state when the BRICS summit is held and he wanted attend another African Union meeting.
The BRICS summit is scheduled for July in Sandton, which would mean Zuma would stay for five months.
President Zuma pioneered South Africa’s entry to join the Brazil, Russia, India and China grouping.
“We couldn’t allow him to stay on. He was disrespecting the organisation. The party also needs to move on, we need to have state of the nation, we need investors to come back,” a source said.