South African President Zuma given 48 hours to step down
South African President Jacob Zuma has been given 48 hours to leave his post as the head of state following an emergency African National Congress (ANC) Party meeting.
According to Press TV quoting local media on Monday, the ultimatum to step down or be stripped of office was put on Zuma at the end of an eight-hour emergency meeting of the ANC's top ranking members known as the National Executive Committee (NEC).
“Obviously we have reached the end of the road with the man – we will recall him,” said one NEC member before the meeting began.
The meeting was held after five days of talks between Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa failed.
Ramaphosa delivered the ultimatum in person to Zuma following the NEC meeting.
Zuma, whose tenure officially runs until mid-2019, has come under pressure to leave office over corruption allegations. He was replaced as leader of the ANC by Ramaphosa in December last year.