Pretoria, February 13: South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, who is too much reluctant to reign despite several calls, has been given an ultimatum to step down. Local media reports say, he has been given a 48hours time limit to finally resign. The executive committee of the African National Congress (ANC) is said to have resolved to “recall” Zuma following a marathon 13-hour meeting.
The decision was taken in an emergency meeting of the highest decision-making body of the African National Congress near Pretoria, the administrative capital, late on Monday evening. The meeting was called after ANC realized the talks between Ramaphosa and Zuma has already failed.
Zuma took the charge of the President in 2009 is faxing mounting pressure on him to resign. His nine-years rule is alleged with a whole lot of corruption leading to a deformed image of ANC as well as a devastating economic crisis in the country.
In December, he was replaced as leader of the ANC by Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president. Since then, his position even within the party has weakened. Hence, though he earlier evaded resignation, this time it is quite impossible. Moreover, before next year’s election, ANC reformers want to rebuild the image.