South Africa's ANC confirms 'recall' of Zuma from presidency

South Africa's ANC confirms 'recall' of Zuma from presidency

The ANC NEC held a 13-hour-long marathon meeting in Irene, outside Pretoria.

So far there has been silence from Zuma in response to Tuesday's ANC order, suggesting a power struggle behind the scenes with new party leader Cyril Ramaphosa.

Meanwhile, the African National Congress (ANC) party has given Zuma until the end of the day to resign.

Besides his controversial relationship with the Guptas, who were born in India but moved to South Africa in the early 1990s, Zuma has 783 counts of corruption outstanding against him relating to a 2.5 billion dollars state arms deal in the late 1990s.

Zuma and the Guptas have consistently denied allegations of any wrongdoing as alleged by the State Capture report.

The battle was bitter, closely-fought and high stakes - the victor could be expected to become the head of state and then lead the ANC into elections in 2019.

Zuma's spokesman could not be reached for comment. The recall does not legally require him quit, but it signaled that he had lost the support of the party's top brass and means that surviving a no-confidence vote would be near impossible.

He said Zuma had agreed to resign and wanted to stay in office for several more months, but the party's executive committee decided he had to leave at once.

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Unless he quits in the coming hours, Parliament is poised to remove Mr Zuma, 75, on Thursday and elect a new president immediately after.

The Gupta family is linked to corruption scandals that have engulfed President Jacob Zuma.

ANC officials admitted they had no idea whether Zuma would bow to the party's demand - which has no constitutional effect - or cling on to power and face a vote of no confidence in parliament organized by opposition parties.

A no-confidence vote is scheduled for February 22 but opposition politicians were also pushing for the vote to happen this week.

At the same time, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry believes investor confidence has been given a boost with Zuma's recall.

The party was expected to write to Zuma on Tuesday morning, informing him of its decision. The Guptas have business links to Zuma and his family and a string of witnesses say they had influence over lucrative state contracts and appointments.

But the former Zuma supporter also added, "When we took this decision, we didn't take this decision because Jacob Zuma has done anything wrong".

In 2016, South Africa's highest court ruled that Zuma had violated the constitution when he failed to repay government money spent on his private home.

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