Jacob Zuma had since been recalled by the ANC at the Union Buildings in 2018.
This was despite Zuma’s pleas for an extended stay at the Union Buildings. Early in the year of last year and it’s been a year now since Zuma was recalled.
It was confirmed in 2018 by ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule at a press conference at Luthuli House that the party’s officials had communicated its national executive committee’s (NEC) decision to the then president.
“The NEC received a report from the national officials about the engagements with the then president. The NEC noted that the officials had agreed with him in principle to resign. Zuma had proposed he be given a period of three to six months,” Magashule said.
The NEC had then once again engaged Zuma on the need to resolve the matter speedily, but he would not agree to a shorter time frame. This led to the decision to recall him.
“The decision by the NEC to recall its deployee was taken only after exhaustive discussion on the impact such a recall would have on the country, the ANC and the functioning of government,” said Magashule.
He said the party wanted ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa to take over the country’s top job, which he since has.