After refusing to vacate his office, President Jacob Zuma has reportedly agreed to resign as head of state, just hours after meeting ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa at a “constructive meeting” in Cape Town. Zuma initially refused to resign after meeting with the ANC’s top six officials on Monday, and after the party convened a special national working committee (NWC) meeting on Tuesday, a decision on his fate was expected to be made on Wednesday.
It was reported that Zuma had bowed to pressure and made a last minute deal with Ramaphosa after the entire NWC agreed that he should resign. Ramaphosa told NWC members that “he had tried to his best” in his engagements with Zuma and asked “anyone with a direct line to him to talk to him” – according to members of the committee who attended the meeting.
ANC deputy president David Mabuza was angry during the NWC meeting, said a committee member,“Mabuza was complaining that the president humiliated them. Mabuza said Zuma is a deployee, he must be recalled,” the committee member said. Ramaphosa’s meeting with Zuma on Tuesday evening led to the ANC president postponing the national executive committee meeting until February 17. These developments come just days before the motion of no confidence in Zuma will be tabled in Parliament by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).