PRETORIA: A defiant President Jacob Zuma has refused to resign immediately as head of state, daring the African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) to recall him.
The party’s highest decision making body resolved to recall him, invoking the clause in the ANC constitution that gives the structure the powers to recall a public representative.
The party was expected to write to Zuma on Tuesday morning, informing him of its decision.
The ANC NEC held a 13-hour-long marathon meeting in Irene, outside Pretoria. The urgently called meeting, started at 14:00 on Monday and ended at 03:00 on Tuesday.
At 23:00, the NEC instructed party President Cyril Ramaphosa and Secretary-General Ace Magashule to drive to Zuma’s official residence Mahlamba Ndlopfu in Pretoria to give him an ultimatum to resign or face a recall.
Zuma is said to have demanded to stay on at the Union Buildings for another three months to attend at least two upcoming events. The NEC, however, rejected his conditions.
According to reports, Zuma insisted that he wanted to still be head of state when the Brics summit is held and he wanted attend another African Union meeting.
The Brics summit is scheduled for July in Sandton, which would mean Zuma would stay for five months. Zuma pioneered South Africa’s entry to join the Brazil, Russia, India and China grouping.
The ANC is expected to brief the media on the outcomes on the NEC meeting at 12:00 on Tuesday.