President Jacob Zuma addressed the nation today explaining his narrative of how negotiations concerning his exit have been handled.
In an SABC interview, Zuma said he had in no way defied the ANC by refusing to resign but stated he simply disagrees with the decision. The President of South Africa went on to say he thought the decision to recall him was one the ruling party would come to regret.
He added that recalling him “will cause bigger problems than they think”.
Zuma referred back to when Thabo Mbeki was recalled and said the decision taken at the time had created many problems within the ANC and caused certain key members to break off from the organisation to form COPE.
The President commented on the reasons the ANC has given him for his removal, calling them “baseless” and emphasising there is no evidence that he has done anything wrong.
However, Zuma explained that despite being against negotiations for his exit the events outside Luthuli House between his detractors and supporters had forced him to reconsider his position on holding talks with the NEC.
The President stated that the good of the people came to mind when he was shown footage of protesters, ANC supporters of different factions, acting with extreme violence towards one another.\
“One male ANC supporter was kicking another ANC supporter”, explained Zuma. “It affected me deeply”.
Zuma went on to say that the ANC even in the times of Mandela and Mbeki had always dealt well with transitions of power and that he does not understand why current events can’t resemble the civility and unity of those days.
The interview was concluded with President Zuma saying he would make an announcement in response to his recall today, leaving South Africans even more confused as to when exactly he will be leaving office.