Will President Jacob Zuma be bidding farewell as President?
Has President Jacob Zuma’s rule finally come to an end?
Following a meeting held by the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) on Monday, February 12, a decision has been made to recall him from his position of power.
This follows ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech at the launch of ANC’s Nelson Mandela centenary celebration in Cape Town on Sunday.
During his address, Ramaphosa explains the ANC’s leadership are currently engaged in discussions regarding the transition to a new administration. Specifically, to resolve issues around the position of South Africa’s President.
The decision follows Zuma’s refusal to resign. During the meeting on Monday, of the 80 NEC members, two-thirds voted that Zuma should leave his position. However, it seems President Zuma will not be vacating his seat without a fight.
Apparently very emotional about what has happened, Zuma claims he wants another three to six months in power, simply to bid farewell to the African Union and BRICS and to introduce the new president. This request was rejected by the NEC. They initially gave him until the end of yesterday to step down.
But what will happen if President Zuma refuses to resign and step down? If he refuses to accept the decision, the ANC will then have to vote him out through a motion of no confidence.
President Zuma has still not stepped down, adding tension to the current situation. According to ANC secretary-general Ace Magashul, Zuma will respond during the course of today. With all eyes on the current situation, only time will tell if President Zuma will step down peacefully or if the ANC will have to go forward with the motion of no confidence.
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