Zuma digs in his heels.
South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) has recalled President Jacob Zuma as head of State, party secretary Ace Magashule announced on Tuesday in Johannesburg.
”The national executive committee decided 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 party headquarters, Luthuli House.
He said there was no deadline given to Zuma, who had asked the party to give him three to six months before he could vacate the Union Buildings.
“We will see what comrade Zuma’s response is, but it’s obvious that we want [ANC president] comrade Ramaphosa to take over as the president of the country.”
Pressure mounted on the beleaguered Zuma to step down. South Africans have lambasted the protracted ”transition talks” that started last week, demanding an end to the impasse.
The ANC leadership came under heavy criticism from commentators and social media users accusing the governing party of being ”too soft” on Zuma by not firing him instantly and ending the political stalemate. This saw opposition parties demand that a February 22 motion of no confidence debate be moved forward to this week.
The parties also demanded that Parliament be dissolved and early elections held to ”seek a new mandate” from South Africans.
The country’s general elections are set to be held in 2019.
– African News Agency (ANA)