It is now a week since Jacob Zuma was ordered to resign. Reports by ANC indicate that he has defied the order, which came as an ultimatum in the last 48 hours. This situation has pitched the party into unprecedented political crisis.
ANC’s Order to Zuma
ANC ordered Jacob Zuma to resign or risk losing power during the emergency-convened session. Earlier in the week, a meeting at the Pretoria Hotel near the administrative capital addressed the issue and it seemed that Zuma would eventually give in to the ultimatum. Having served as the President of South Africa since 2009, Zuma has now defied this order after a heated debate that saw Cyril Ramaphosa, the current ANC leader, leaving for Zuma’s residence to issue the ultimatum.
The Impending Resignation
The past few days have left the public and the rest of the world in suspense. ‘Stand down or face the repercussion through a recall’ was the order. ANC is now faced with the option of moving a no-confidence motion against Zuma, one of the party’s members. According to them, the situation has been a nightmare as the series of events come in a few days after he showed signs of resigning in the next three to six months.
In a press conference on Tuesday, ANC noted that Zuma’s nine years in power were marred by economic recession, corruption, and a destabilized national image. He also tainted ANC’s image, a party that played a pivotal role in freeing South Africa in 1994. Dubbed the politician with nine lives, Zuma’s reign has survived numerous scandals that would have ended the political career of most. Currently, he is not the leader of ANC and his term could surely come to an end.
Is Zuma a System?
Even so, Zuma seems more like a movement than an individual. In the words of political analyst Ralph Mathekga, Zuma is more of a system as his guidance is tied to other politicians’ futures. The 75-year-old politician has garnered massive support from citizens.
In a different scene, the internal debates and long meetings have given life to humorous posts. Zapiro, a prominent political cartoonist, portrayed Zuma and Ramaphosa as gunfighters. The drawing was featured under a banner titled ‘’High Noon,’’ with corrections reading ‘’High Noonish’’ and ‘’Low Noon,’’ corrected to ‘’Whenever.’’
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