Jacob Zuma
South Africa President Jacob Zuma/Photo: AFP

South African President Jacob Zuma would be formally requested to step down by his party, the ANC, after he refused to resign, media reports say.

The decision to recall Zuma was reached after a 13-hour meeting of the party’s national executive committee (NEC) that started on Monday.

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The president is speculated to have 48 hours to comply with the party’s directive or face a vote of no confidence in parliament he would most likely lose.

Zuma, 75, has been president since 2009 in a tenure that has been dogged constantly with allegations of corruption and other scandals.

Most of the allegations are connected with the Gupta family who have been accused of using their links with the president to win state contracts and influence Cabinet appointments.

Zuma’s tenure is to officially end in mid-2019 and it seems he is angling to do his term in full.

There is a bit of irony to the story as Zuma played an instrumental role in the recall of former President Tabo Mbeki in 2008 shortly after he took over the helm of the ANC.

The ANC has not officially confirmed its plans, but party sources have described them to South African media outlets and Reuters news agency.

It is unclear still how Zuma will respond to the formal request to step down.

Earlier, Cyril Ramaphosa, the vice president and the leader of the ANC, left the meeting for Zuma’s residence with sources claiming he went over to tell the president he would be recalled if he does not step down.