The ANC is set to pull the plug on President Jacob Zuma’s tenure as president of the country after the party agreed to table a motion of no confidence against Zuma at Parliament tomorrow along with opposition parties.
It was clear that the party’s patience with President Jacob Zuma had ran out when Secretary treasurer-general Paul Mashatile announced that it was decided during the ANC caucus meeting that MPs would vote for the president’s removal.
Addressing journalists after the caucus meeting, Matashile said that although Zuma had until today to respond South African should not be expected to wait for his resignation.
"We can no longer wait beyond today. President Zuma might respond later but we can't keep South Africans waiting‚" said Mashatile.
The EFF and other opposition parties called for another motion of no confidence against Zuma and although National Speaker Baleka Mbete put forward 22 February as the proposed date, the EFF had requested that the motion be moved forward to this week
The motion is expected to be scheduled for Thursday.
The ruling party is now saying it would engage with the EFF on the proposed motion of no confidence. Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu said that the ANC had requested the EFF to withdraw its motion but said the party refused.
According to reports, Mthembu said the ANC will move to have the motion amended but would not alter the thrust of the motion.
“We have approached them because ideally, it would have been nice for them to withdraw but they sadly refused to withdraw their motion and that's why were are sitting with the next available option to the ANC, which is to amend that motion but not the substance."
In order for the motion of no confidence to pass, a simple majority of 201 MPs out of 400 must vote in favour of the motion. Thereafter the president, his deputy and all ministers and their deputies must resign.
Although the Speaker would then usually act as president for 30 days, the ANC wants Cyril Ramaphosa to be sworn in as state president as soon as possible.
Once Ramaphosa has been voted in, he will then select his Cabinet ministers.
If Zuma does, however, decide to resign before the motion of no confidence, Ramaphosa will become acting president and will have full power to appoint Cabinet ministers.
Mthembu has confirmed the Budget Speech will still take place as scheduled on Wednesday next week, but it is not clear whether the speech will be delivered by current Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba.