Zuma to respond to ANC recall tomorrow


South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma will on Wednesday respond to a decision by the ruling African National Congress party to recall him, secretary-general of the party Ace Magashule said.

Magashule made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday, saying Zuma had requested a three to six-month period in which to resign.

ANC formally asked the president to resign on Monday, giving him 48 hours to do so.

Zuma has been in power since 2009, but his reign has been dogged by allegations of corruption.

He has also widely been accused of giving up power to a wealthy Indian-born family whose members are successful businessmen.

The president lost the support of his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa in 2016.

Ramaphosa, now the ANC president, has publicly often disagreed with some decisions made by the presidency including the sacking of former finance minister Pravin Gordhan.

Zuma’s reign has also been plagued by many attempts to pass an impeachment motion against him, a process that often caused chaos in the South African parliament.

Magashule, the ANC’s secretary-general, told reporters the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) decided the removal should be “treated with urgency”.