South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, (ANC) has just issued a dramatic, seemingly conclusive statement, giving President Jacob Zuma up till the end of today to resign or be forced to do so democratically. This is even as President Zuma is complaining loudly that he has done nothing wrong. The statement goes as follows:
News Flash from South Africa: 12 Midnight Deadline for President Zuma
For immediate release
14 February 2018
ANC CAUCUS TO IMPLEMENT DECISION OF THE ANC NEC TO RECALL ITS DEPLOYEE
Following the meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC) held on Monday 12 February 2018, the Treasury General of the ANC, comrade Paul Mashatile addressed a special meeting of the ANC Parliamentary Caucus today to communicate the ANC NEC decision to Caucus.
The NEC decided “to recall its deployee, comrade Jacob Zuma, in accordance with Rule 22.214.171.124 of the ANC Constitution, which accords the NEC the authority to “recall any public representative”.”
In the event that President Zuma does not resign by the end of today, Caucus resolved to vote in favour of an amended motion for his removal in terms of Section 102(2) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to effect the NEC decision.
A meeting of the National Assembly Programming Committee (NACP) earlier this afternoon resolved that a motion of no confidence be scheduled for tomorrow, 15 February 2018, at 14:00 in the National Assembly.
The NAPC also agreed that pending the availability of the Chief Justice or his nominee, that the new President of the Republic of South Africa be elected on Friday morning, 16 February 2018. The ANC will be proposing that its President, comrade Cyril Ramaphosa be elected President. The ANC supports the proposal that the newly elected President deliver the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in a Joint Sitting on Friday evening, 16 February 2018 at 19:00.
Issued by the Office of the ANC Chief Whip
Nonceba Mhlauli, Spokesperson