Zuma faces deadline to leave office today

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Now, Zuma faces being ousted by Ramaphosa and the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) - just as he himself ousted then-President Thabo Mbeki in 2008, after defeating Mbeki for the presidency of the ANC in 2017.

Furthermore, Magashule had said that the NEC had not discussed the matter of removing Zuma through a motion of no confidence should the state president refuse to heed the call made by the NEC.

South Africa's opposition parties want the national assembly to debate a motion of no confidence in Zuma this week and for parliament to be dissolved immediately after that ahead of an early election.

"He will finish what he started because he does not take orders beyond the Atlantic Ocean", she said.

The impasse over the presidency has highlighted the disarray within a party that previously was the main movement against white minority rule and has led South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994.

Disgraced by a series of corruption scandals, although he claims he has done no wrong, Zuma still retains support within the ruling party and the parliamentary vote could be tight.

The ANC is expected to address the media later Tuesday.

South African media is calling President Zuma's seemingly inevitable exit "Zexit".

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Zuma's silence has fueled speculation of an increasingly desperate power struggle behind the scenes with deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, whose election to the head of ANC in December marked the beginning of the end of Zuma's tenure.

If Zuma resists, he will face a vote of no confidence in parliament.

"We can no longer keep South Africa waiting", said senior ANC official Paul Mashatile on Wednesday.

Opinion makers were of the view that Magashule, an ardent Zuma supporter, appeared conflicted when announcing the NEC's decision to recall the state president.

The impasse has plunged South Africa - the continent's most developed economy - into confusion over who is running the country, with major national events cancelled amid the uncertainty. Zuma was implicated in at least one of the corruption convictions stemming from that deal and was forced out of his role as deputy president at the time.

An insider told TimesLIVE that‚ whichever way Zuma opts to leave‚ the process is now left to parliament to finalise within the next two days.

A judicial commission could soon begin to examine allegations of influence peddling and illegal contracts to Zuma cronies.

The country's top court also ruled in 2016 that the President had violated the constitution when he used state funds to pay for multi-million dollar upgrades to his private home.

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