ANC orders Zuma to resign

South African president Jacob Zuma

South Africa’s ruling party, the Africa National Congress (ANC) has given President Jacob Zuma a deadline to resign, lest they go ahead with a vote of no confidence motion in the National Assembly.

Meanwhile, the country’s Police minister has ruled out the possibility of arresting the president in the ongoing crackdown on individuals implicated in the influence peddling probe involving the Gupta family.

South Africa’s elite police force, the Hawks, this morning conducted raids on several properties linked to the Gupta family and arrested three including a member of the Gupta family.

Today, the president is also expected to respond to a recall effected by his party yesterday.

The ruling Africa National Congress (ANC) ordered the president to step down as head of state and told journalists that they believe Zuma will respond today.

A media briefing that had initially been scheduled for 8:00 hours GMT did not happen as the presidency asked the media to ‘await official notification’.

The ANC caucus has shared a proposed timeline for the post -Zuma era, insisting that their goal is to ensure Cyril Ramaphosa takes over as president and that government business including the budget reading next is not affected by the Zuma exit.

President Jacob Zuma has today been given a deadline to resign after the ruling party’s parliamentary caucus met and decided to make amendments to EFF’s motion and vote of no confidence.

The party expects the president to resign today, short of which, they will proceed to remove him from office through the National Assembly.