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SA reacts to President’s recall

Date: Feb 13, 2018

South Africa’s opposition parties, and several civil soicety organisations have welcomed the announcement to recall State President, Jacob Zuma, after numerous attempts to convince him to step down.

While the announcement provided the country with some much-needed clarity on the matter, the timeline around Zuma's resignation deadline is still uncertain. 

Governing African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General, Ace Magashule, said Zuma had not been given a timeline to step down, but added that he was "sure Zuma will respond tomorrow (Wednesday)". 

Zuma, Chairperson of SADEC and BRICS member, has requested that he be given a period of three-to-six month to wrap up business as State President, and also to ensure a smooth transition.

The Economic Freedom Fighters say its lawyers are in the process of drafting court papers to force National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete, to schedule a No Confidence Motion to be debated this week. The party had given Mbete until one o' clock to consider their request. Mbete has not yet responded to the ultimatum given by the party.

Leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance’s President, Mmusi Maimane, tweeted: “This #ZumaRecall is an internal ANC resolution, nothing more. Has no effect on Zuma’s status as President. Unless Zuma tenders his resignation, this recall is not worth the paper it is printed on. Only parliament can remove Zuma through a Motion of No Confidence.”



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