ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule has announced that the party has decided to recall their deployee, Jacob Zuma.
Addressing a news conference at Luthuli House, Magashule announced that the decision of the marathon NEC meeting held at Pretoria was that he should be recalled. However it was not clear exactly when he would step down from the presidency.
ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa had been in talks with Zuma in the hopes of minimizing divisions within the party and facilitating a smooth transition.
Magashule announced that Zuma requested three extra months before resigning. However after 13 hours of tense discussion by the national executive the decision was made to recall the president now.
When the message was delivered to Zuma he said he respected the authority of the NEC, but did ask for a longer time frame for his removal.
The leadership confirmed that the ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa should take over as President once Zuma has left office and said that he will present the State of the Nation address.
Responding to questions from reporters, Magashule confirmed that the decision of the NEC was final. However he said that Zuma would be treated with dignity. He would not confirm to reporters whether the decision of the NEC was unanimous. However he said that the view of the majority would always prevail on all members of the NEC.
There is no hard deadline by which Zuma must respond. Magashule told reporters that they expected Zuma to respond 'tomorrow', but was not certain of the time.
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