South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party has decided to “recall” President Jacob Zuma, or remove him from office, according to South African media on Tuesday. The ANC’s executive committee reached its decision after 13 hours of tense discussions and a meeting between Zuma and his deputy and presumptive replacement, Cyril Ramaphosa.
“Cyril went to speak with him,” a senior ANC source said and Zuma made clear he wouldn’t resign within 48 hours, as demanded.
“We decided to recall Zuma,” said a top party official. “He hasn’t been told yet.”
The ANC will announce its decision today, and if Zuma, 75, refuses the party’s order that he step aside, he is expected to lose a vote of confidence in Parliament on Feb. 22, an embarrassment for both Zuma and the ANC. South African media is already calling the “Zexit” inevitable.