Zuma defies calls to resign

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

South Africa President Jacob Zuma has refused to resign, saying he would only step down if the ruling African National Congress (ANC) top brass explained to him what he had done wrong.

In an exclusive interview with state-owned SABC TV on Wednesday at his official residence in Pretoria‚ Mahlamba Ndlopfu‚ President Zuma said the national executive committee’s decision to recall him was irrational as he had done no wrong.

“I indicated to the top six that what they have raised is not the first time. They have raised it in the NEC itself twice and nobody has ever been able to tell me what the issue is. The NEC themselves said that I must resign‚ and I find that very strange that I should do so because this is not the first time that they've said this‚” President Zuma said.

He said there were processes in the ANC that needed to be followed if a deployee had done wrong.

“In the discussion‚ I asked as to‚ ‘what was the problem? Why must I be persuaded to resign? Have I done anything wrong?" he said.

He said he would only resign if the top six could furnished him with reasons why he should‚ explaining what he had done wrong.

"At the discussion in the NEC nobody was able to tell me what I've done. There's no policy in the ANC and there's nothing that once there is a new president of the ANC‚ there must be changes‚" he said.

Meanwhile, the National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has sent a letter to the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Mr Julius Malema, informing him that she has decided to reschedule the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma for Thursday at 2pm.

Ms Mbete said her decision was made after consultation with the leader of government business and the ANC chief whip.

ANC announced earlier on Wednesday that its MPs would vote with the opposition parties in a motion of no-confidence against President Zuma in Parliament on Thursday.

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