South Africa’s ruling party the African National Congress (ANC) decided to disown the current South African President Jacob Zuma and demand his immediate resignation on Tuesday, following the party’s marathon meeting.
According to the Associated Press (AP), the national executive committee of the ANC—the party once led by Nelson Mandela—demanded that Zuma must leave his office promptly so that the country can move toward political stability and economic recovery.
South Africa’s economy is considered Africa’s most advanced. However, it has been stagnant under Zuma’s nine-year leadership, with banks and mining companies reluctant to invest because of policy uncertainty and rampant corruption.
Ace Magashule, ANC general secretary, said that Zuma has agreed to resign and that he wanted to stay in office for several more months, a proposal that was rejected by his party, which is eager to end the long state of uncertainty and restore confidence in the economy once again, the AP reported.
In case Zuma does not accept the party’s instructions, the party will head to parliament to initiate a vote of no confidence which would forcibly remove him from power.