South Africa's ANC says Zuma must leave office

South Africa's ANC says Zuma must leave office
From Al Jazeera - February 13, 2018

South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), says it has decided that President Jacob Zuma must leave office, but said no deadline was set for him to resign.

ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule said on Tuesday that the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) believes Zuma's removal "should be treated with urgency".

However, he said that the NEC had not discussed any motion of no-confidence against the embattled president.

#Magashule This decision will be communicated publicly and through appropriate forums to all structures of the ANC, Alliance Structures and all the Mass Democratic Formations.

African National Congress (@MYANC) February 13, 2018

"The NEC therefore decided as follows: To recall its deployee, Comrade Jacob Zuma, in accordance with Rule of the ANC Constitution, which accords the NEC the authority to arecall any public representative'."

Magashule added "we will deal with that matter" if President Zuma refuses to heed the party decision, which was taken after exhaustive discussion.

The ANC decision is only a party-level instruction. Zuma is under no constitutional obligation to resign, which means if he refuses to step down, the party will have to navigate the prospect of calling for a motion of no-confidence against Zuma in parliament.


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