Zuma says there is no reason for him to resign

President Jacob Zuma has revealed in an interview with the SABC there is no compelling reason for him to resign and he is open to negotiation.

Zuma broke his silence this afternoon after the ANC’s National Executive Committee decided to recall him. In the interview he said he never defined the leadership of the ANC.

Zuma added he has been in the ANC since a young age and he disagrees with what is currently happening within the party.

Meanwhile, the ANC Treasurer General, Paul Mashatile, said in a media conference after an ANC caucus meeting that Zuma is given until the end of the day to resign. Zuma said he will make a decision in a statement later today.

In addition, the African National Congress will support a motion to axe a defiant Zuma as state president tomorrow. After weeks of discussions, ANC treasurer-general, Paul Mashatile, announced after an ANC caucus meeting in Parliament today that the party’s MPs would support the Economic Freedom Fighters’ motion of no confidence.

Shortly after Mashatile and ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu briefed the media, Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete announced that the EFF’s motion of no confidence against Zuma, originally scheduled for February 22, was rescheduled to tomorrow.

Voting will take place by open ballot. Mthembu says depending on the availability of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, the National Assembly will also elect a new president after the motion of no confidence, with ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa the ANC’s choice

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