JOHANNESBURG: The ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) has confirmed that it has recalled President Jacob Zuma.
The NEC is briefing the media on the outcome of Monday’s special NEC meeting which ended in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The meeting was called to discuss and finalise Zuma’s future as head of state.
The president has been under pressure to leave office following Cyril Ramaphosa’s election as ANC president at the party’s national conference in December.
According to Magashule, “The National Executive Committee firmly believes that this situation requires us to act with urgency in order to steer our 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 manoeuvers 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 the President Jacob Zuma about the need to shorten the timeframes so that this matter is speedily resolved. The NEC received feedback from the delegation that the President of the Republic did not accede to a shorter time frame,” said Magashule.
“To recall its deployee, Comrade Jacob Zuma, in accordance with Rule 18.104.22.168 of the ANC Constitution, which accords the NEC the authority to “recall any public representative”. There should be continuing interaction between the officials of the ANC and the President of the Republic,” the ANC NEC statement reads.
“The decision by the NEC to recall its deployee was taken only after exhaustive discussion on the impact such a recall would have on the country, the ANC and the functioning of government.”
“The decision of the NEC provides certainty to the people of South Africa at a time when the economic and social challenges facing the country require urgent and resolute response by all sections of society.”
“It is critical that South Africans are united around the task of growth, job creation and economic transformation.”
“This decision will be communicated publicly and through appropriate forums to all structures of the ANC, Alliance Structures and all the Mass Democratic Formations,” added the statement.
It is understood that, following a lengthy meeting lasting almost 13 hours, the ANC’s NEC has decided to recall Jacob Zuma.