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President Jacob Zuma briefs the nation a day after the ANC NEC announced the decision to recall him. Picture: YouTube screengrab.
After being recalled by the ANC, President Jacob Zuma is addressing the nation on live TV.
This comes after the ANC earlier announced its MPs will vote with opposition parties in a motion of no confidence against him at Parliament on Thursday.
He said he has done nothing wrong and does not agree with the ANC NEC’s reasoning for recalling him.
He also reportedly said he was opposed to recalling former President Mbeki, a statement that has been disputed.
Zuma says he is the one who spoke against the recall of President Mbeki but was defeated by the majority. pic.twitter.com/vYG14WaZBb
— Sixo (@SixoGcilishe) February 14, 2018
He talking rubbish, CR is the one who opposed it. Zuma told me that we should remove Mbeki because he can’t work with him.
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) February 14, 2018
Parliament on Wednesday said that National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete, has agreed to schedule the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma for Thursday.
The motion was brought by the Economic Freedom Fighters.
“The Speaker’s decision was made after consultation with the Leader of Government Business and the Chief Whip of the Majority Party and is subject to the National Assembly’s Programme Committee agreeing to the scheduling of a sitting for 15 February 2018,” Parliament said in a statement.
The EFF had wanted the motion to be a secret ballot, however, Mbete had determined that voting would be by open ballot.
There is still word yet on when Zuma will step down, but the African National Congress (ANC) has had enough and wants a new President for the country by Friday.
The Presidency said no official communication has been issued on a media briefing by Zuma on Wednesday.
President Jacob Zuma was innitially expected to address the nation on Wednesday morning.
The ANC’s National Executive Committee has asked him to leave office.
It’s not known if the President will give in to his party’s wishes.
On Wednesday afternoon, the ANC caucus in Parliament announced it would proceed with a motion of no confidence in Zuma on Thursday if he does not resign on Wednesday.
Zuma has asked the ANC to give him more time in office. The NEC refused.
ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe has warned the president that he’ll face tough consequences if he clings to power.
Source: eNCA / EWN
“It was not surprising. It was not surprising but I could not get why this have become such an issue,” says Zuma on the @MYANC NEC decision that he should be recalled.
— Erin Bates (@ermbates) February 14, 2018