South Africa’s ruling party, ANC, has decided to sack Jacob Zuma as President of South Africa, a senior official said on Tuesday, after a marathon meeting to determine the fate of the leader whose tenure has been marred by Scandals and intra party divisions.
The ruling party’s national executives arrived at the decision after a lengthy 13-hour deliberation including a face to face meeting between Zuma and his presumed successor, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.
Although the ANC has termed Zuma’s recall, a “removal from office”, domestic media have speculated that the 75-year-old might yet defy the party’s wishes, forcing its hand to take the unsavory route of having to unseat him in parliament.
Shortly before midnight, the SABC state broadcaster said Mr. Zuma had been told in person by Mr. Ramaphosa that he had 48 hours to resign.
A senior party source later told Reuters Mr. Zuma had made clear that he was going nowhere.
“Ramaphosa went to speak with him,” the source said, adding that when Ramaphosa returned to the ANC meeting in a Pretoria hotel, the discussions were tense and difficult”.
“We decided to recall Zuma. He hasn’t been told yet,” the source said.
The ANC said it would hold a media briefing at 10:00 GMT to reveal the results of the meeting.
Efforts to reach Mr. Zuma’s spokesman via his mobile phone have been futile.