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Zuma defiant till the end as party moves to recall him

National Executive Committee is the highest decision-making body in the ANC

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Zuma defiant till the end as party moves to recall him

National Executive Committee is the highest decision-making body in the ANC

13 February 2018 Tuesday 09:52
Zuma defiant till the end as party moves to recall him

The embattled South African President has refused to resign immediately as head of state, daring his ANC’s National Executive Committee to recall him.

National Executive Committee is the highest decision-making body in the ANC.

The party decided to invoke a clause in its constitution that gives the Committee the powers to recall a public representative.

It is expected that the party will write to Zuma Tuesday, informing him of its decision.

NEC sources told News24 that when Cyril Ramaphosa and ANC General Secretary visited the President in his residence to ask him to leave, Zuma was still asking "what he did wrong".

"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 is expected to brief the media on the outcomes on the NEC meeting at 12:00 on Tuesday.

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 Zuma wanted to still be head of state when the BRICS summit is held and he wanted to attend another African Union meeting.

The Brics summit is scheduled for July in Sandton, which would mean Zuma would stay for five months. 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 organization. The party also needs to move on, we need to have State of the Nation, we need investors to come back," a source said.

State Capture inquiry

Another NEC member said that Ramaphosa had earlier told the NEC that Zuma had agreed to step down during his direct talks with him last Tuesday, February 6.

At the time Ramaphosa canceled an emergency urgent NEC meeting that was called for last week Wednesday in Cape Town, describing his talks with Zuma as "fruitful and constructive".

ANC senior member Enoch Godongwana is said to have led the charge for Zuma to go.

He is said to have argued that in light of the State Capture inquiry investigating Zuma's relationship with the Guptas, a threat of impeachment and a motion of no confidence against him, recalling him was "saving Zuma from himself".

However, Zuma is said to have been defended by several members, including ANC Women's league secretary general Meokgo Matuba and North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo.

They are said to have argued that the NEC never gave the top six officials a mandate to recall Zuma but instead to negotiate a transition.

Sources said they also argued that "Everyone in the movement did not agree with a recall."

Another asked: "What was the rush?"

The sources who spoke to News24 on condition of anonymity, could not say if the meeting had decided on the next step if Zuma refused to resign.

News24

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