Secretary-general of South Africa’s ruling ANC party Ace Magashule confirmed on Tuesday that the party has decided to “recall” scandal-tainted President Jacob Zuma from office, but said no deadline had been set for him to resign.
Magashule told reporters that Zuma had “agreed in principle to resign and had proposed time frames extending from three to six months”.
Magashule said there was no deadline and that there was “continuing interaction” between party officials and the president.
“In its wisdom, the NEC (National Executive Committee) decided… to recall its deployee Jacob Zuma,” Magashule told reporters.
“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.”
While the party is hopeful that Zuma would cooperate, he is under no constitutional obligation to obey. The ANC party can “recall” the head of state, but the process is a party-level instruction.