President Jacob Zuma has been given no deadline to resign but ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule says they expect him to respond by tomorrow.
“Tomorrow President Zuma will respond. I don’t want to call it a deadline.”
Magashule said this during the party’s announcement that they have resolved to recall President Zuma after the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting that was held on Monday in Pretoria.
The NEC meeting was called to discuss President Zuma’s future after the pressure for him to step down as President of the country intensified.
Magashule said that the ANC resolved to recall its deployee, Comrade Jacob Zuma, in accordance with Rule 184.108.40.206 of the ANC Constitution, which accords the NEC the authority to “recall any public representative”.
“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 and the functioning of government.”
Magashule added that the 2018 SONA will be addressed by ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa.
“The SONA 2018 will be delivered by Cyril Ramaphosa. There is no doubt about that.
“When Ramaphosa becomes President, I do not know who will become Deputy President because we have not discussed this matter.”
However, Magashule said that there should be continuing interactions between the officials of the ANC and the President of the Republic.
“The decision to recall Zuma was taken to provide certainty to South Africans at a time when the economic and social challenges facing the country require an urgent and resolute response by all sections of society.
“President Zuma has not been found guilty by any court of law. We did not take this decision because Zuma did something wrong.”
He stated that the decision will be communicated publicly and through appropriate forums to all structures of the ANC, Alliance Structures and all the Mass Democratic Formations.
“All necessary parliamentary processes that arise from this decision will now ensue,” he said.