ANC Reportedly Gives President Jacob Zuma 48 Hours to Resign

The ANC NEC meeting in Irene, near Pretoria, to discuss the fate of South African President Jacob Zuma, dragged on for over eight hours on Monday 12 February 2018… but finally, in the early hours of Tuesday, it was reported by the SABC that the ANC has given Zuma 48 hours to resign as head of the state… or be forced out. UPDATE: Zuma reportedly to be recalled after refusing to resign.

SABC says Zuma given 48 hours to resign
SABC says Zuma has been given 48 hours to resign, by the ANC

In the past hour ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa (or ‘Ramapostponer’ as EFF Leader Julius Malema has nicknamed him) and his entourage of ‘blue brigade’ cars were seen leaving the St George’s Hotel and returning – presumably having left to deliver the message to Zuma in person at his Pretoria residence.

Media crews have been camped outside the hotel all day and night waiting for the outcome of the meeting.

The Rand has already strengthened slightly on the expectation that Zuma would be recalled or forced to quit.

There is no word yet on Zuma’s response. In earlier reports it was said that Zuma wanted to remain President for three months before resigning.

If he agrees to resign, Zuma will write a letter to the Speaker of Parliament.

Should Zuma not resign, he is facing another Motion of No-Confidence in Parliament on 22 February.

UPDATE: Zuma reportedly to be recalled after refusing to resign.