Arrests amid pressure on SAfrica's Zuma

February 14, 2018

The ANC wants South African President Jacob Zuma to resign but hasn't decided on the timeframe.

South Africa's ruling African National Congress has confirmed it has decided to sack President Jacob Zuma but says leading members have not been able to agree on when he should go.

The ANC's secretary general, Ace Magashule, said the decision to recall Zuma - party-speak for "remove from office" - was taken after "exhaustive discussions".

Magashule, said the party would deal with the issue should Zuma refuse to step down as head of state as ordered by his party.

"We will deal with that matter," Magashule said when asked by reporters what the party would do if Zuma refused to heed the edict from his party. He did not elaborate.

Leading members of the ANC want the party's new leader Cyril Ramaphosa to replace Zuma as president, Magashule added.

But the ANC national executive was split on precisely when Zuma should go.

Magashule said he had met Zuma personally to pass on the decision. "We haven't given him any deadline to respond ... the organisation expects him to go," he said.

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