It took a brutal 13 hours, but the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) has decided to recall President Jacob Zuma as head of state.
At about 3am on Tuesday, vehicles started leaving the St George’s Hotel in Irene, Pretoria, where the NEC meeting had started at 2pm the day before.
Tony Yengeni was the first to leave.
Two highly placed sources told TimesLIVE that the NEC had resolved to recall Zuma after he reportedly refused to resign.
The timeline of the recall, however, was not immediately known – but there was some media speculation that it could be as early as Tuesday morning.
At about 10.30pm, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa left the St George’s Hotel and drove to Zuma’s official residence in Pretoria.
This, sources said, was to inform him of the NEC’s decision that he should leave office.
About 90 minutes later, Ramaphosa’s cavalcade returned to the hotel to report back to the NEC.
13 hours later and the #ANCNEC meeting is over. Here vehicles are seen leaving the St George’s Hotel. Tony Yengeni was the first man out, says reporter @Neo_Gee, who took this video. pic.twitter.com/lq4VW4H7CL
— Snap @matthewsavides (@matthewsavides) February 13, 2018
As they left the venue, the NEC members seemed unhappy, with no apparent consensus reached on Zuma’s future. None were willing to speak to the media.
ANC Youth League secretary-general Njabulo Nzuza walked out of the venue, and when the media called out to him for details of the meeting, he replied: “Nilale kahle.”
Translated loosely from isiZulu, this means: “Goodnight.”
He then headed towards what looked like an Uber driver in a Nissan Almera.
Contacted via phone after he left, Nzuza would not comment – but did not deny the recall.
“Let’s talk about the matter at a later stage,” he said, before hanging up.
Attempts to get hold of the ANC’s official communications team were unsuccessful.
This is a developing story.