South Africa’s ruling party, African National Congress (ANC) has reportedly decided to sack Jacob Zuma as President of South Africa. A senior party official made the disclosure to Reuters after a marathon meeting to determine the fate of the leader. The decision by the ruling party’s national executive came in the early hours of the morning.
Zuma, in another meeting, met his likely successor, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. The ANC had announced that it would hold a media briefing later on Tuesday to reveal the results of the meeting.
Many had predicted Zuma’s removal since Ramaphosa, a union leader once tipped as Mandela’s pick to take over the reins, was elected as head of the 106-year-old ANC in December.
He narrowly defeated Zuma’s ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Shortly before midnight, the SABC state broadcaster said Zuma had been told in person by Ramaphosa that he had 48 hours to resign.
“Ramaphosa went to speak with him,” the Reuters source said, adding that when Ramaphosa returned to the ANC meeting in a Pretoria hotel, “the discussions were tense and difficult”.
Earlier, Tobeka Madiba-Zuma, said her husband was prepared to fight and believed he was the victim of a Western conspiracy.
“He will finish what he started because he does not take orders beyond the Atlantic Ocean,” she said.