'Jacob Zuma has 48 hours to resign as South African president or face dismissal in a no-confidence debate in parliament later this week, Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president told a meeting of African National Congress’s leaders on Monday night.
After a nine-hour meeting, the ANC’s 86-member National Executive Committee (NEC) agreed to “recall” Mr Zuma from his position.
Mr Ramaphosa then left the meeting at midnight and took the ultimatum to Mr Zuma at his official residence in Pretoria, according to the South African Broadcasting Corporation and the Cape Times.
He told Mr Zuma, whose term as head of state is not up until next year, that if he does not resign by midnight on Wednesday he will be sacked by parliament where the ANC has a 62 per cent majority. All South Africa’s 13 opposition party MP’s would vote with the ANC.
Earlier, in a long and politically charged day, South Africa’s opposition parties called for parliament to be dissolved and early elections to be held while the ANC remained locked in talks on whether or not to recall Jacob Zuma.
The president has faced a barrage of calls to step down in recent weeks.
Mr Ramaphosa has been negotiating with Mr Zuma over the terms of an early exit for days before he called a special meeting of the 86 member NEC, including several cabinet ministers loyal to Mr Zuma, to decide whether or not the party should recall the president.
In a speech on Sunday afternoon, Mr Ramaphosa said the matter of Mr Zuma’s leaving office would be “finalised” during an NEC meeting.'
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