ANC recalls Zuma as South Africa’s president

The African National Congress (ANC) has recalled President Jacob Zuma as its deployee at the Union Buildings. The ANC took this decision at its special National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting that started on Monday afternoon and ended in the early hours of Tuesday morning. 
ANC Secretary General, Ace Magashule, announced the decision at a press conference at the party’s headquarters, Luthuli House, in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
“The meeting was called to reflect on the current situation as it pertains to the position of the President of the Republic of South Africa, Jacob Zuma. The NEC received a report from the officials on their engagement with Zuma. These engagements had been informed by the commitment to pursue firstly the interest of the country and the ANC and the determination to handle the matter with utmost dignity,” he said. 
It is still not clear when Zuma would resign from the Presidency though, and Magashule said the ANC expects the President to respond on Wednesday. 
“The NEC noted the report of the officials that Zuma had agreed in principle to resign and had proposed time frames extending from three to six months. While appreciating Zuma’s proposal, the NEC noted that South Africa is going through a period of uncertainty and anxiety as a result of the unresolved matter of transition,” the Secretary General said. 
What is clear though is that current ANC President, Cyril Ramaphosa – who is currently South Africa’s Deputy President – will deliver the State of the Nation Address (SONA), which was postponed from 8 February. 
The ANC wants Ramaphosa to take the top seat at the Union Buildings as soon as Zuma leaves office instead of waiting for the 2019 General Elections. Magashule added that the ANC believes that it’s important to finalise the transition process with the required urgency so that it can steer the country towards greater levels of unity, renewal and hope. 
“We are determined to restore the integrity of the public institutions, create political stability and urgent economic recovery.  Some of the matters we are contending with are the opportunistic maneuvers by the opposition in Parliament, including motions of no confidence in the President, calls for dissolution for Parliament and other desperate acts. 
“The ANC’s approach to this matter has, at all times, been informed by the interests of the South African people. Sensitive of the need to handle this matter with dignity, the NEC once again sent a delegation to brief President Jacob Zuma about the need to shorten the timeframes so that this matter is speedily resolved,” he said. 
But, there could still be some challenges. Magashule told the media that the NEC received feedback from the delegation it had sent to Zuma that he did not accede to a shorter time frame. 
“The NEC therefore decided to recall its deployee, Comrade Jacob Zuma, in accordance with Rule of the ANC Constitution, which accords the NEC the authority to recall any public representative.  [The party also decided that] there should be continuing interaction between the officials of the ANC and the President of the Republic,” said Magashule. 
He added that the decision to recall Zuma 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 said the decision to recall Zuma would be communicated publicly and through appropriate forums to all structures of the ANC and tripartite alliance structures. 
“All necessary parliamentary processes that arise from this decision will now ensue,” he said.