South Africa's ruling party demands that Zuma resign

President Jacob Zuma at the African National Congress elective conference in Johannesburg in December

As the nation awaited word on whether he would obey the ruling party's order to leave office, Zuma appeared in a live interview with the South African Broadcasting Corporation and insisted that party leaders had not told him why he needed to resign.

Magashule said the ANC's national executive committee had decided Zuma's deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, would replace Zuma as president, after Ramaphosa won the leadership of the party in December.

With South Africa at a political crossroads and more government business being postponed, it's not clear if President Jacob Zuma will respond on Wednesday to the African National Congress (ANC)'s decision to recall him.

A motion of no confidence sponsored by an opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, has been scheduled for February 22 in parliament.

Police in South Africa have raided the home of a business family linked to the President. He also confirmed that the annual budget speech, scheduled to be delivered next week Thursday in parliament, would go ahead regardless of who will be the country's president at the time. He met with ruling party leaders who visited him at his Pretoria residence late Monday and again on Tuesday morning to ask him to quit.

Mashatile said Zuma had been given until Wednesday to submit his resignation letter.

In 2008, Zuma's supporters pushed out then-president Thabo Mbeki via a similar "recall" manoeuvre over allegations of abuse of power.

Ace Magashule, the ANC's secretary-general, said he expected Zuma to reply to the directive on Wednesday.

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Ramaphosa, 65, the deputy president, must revive the economy and crack down on what he has admitted is rampant government corruption if he is to boost the party's tarnished reputation before a tricky election next year.

On Tuesday, all eyes will be on Zuma and whether he will give in and resign, as expected by the ANC.

Despite the damning decision to order Zuma's "recall" - party speak for "removal from office" - domestic media said the 75-year-old might yet defy the party's wishes.

The Guptas, three Indian-born brothers with close ties to Zuma, are accused by South Africa's anti-graft body of using their links with the President for financial gain.

The raid, which the state broadcaster said resulted in two arrests including one Gupta family member, came amid reports Zuma was preparing to tell South Africa he was stepping down after nine years in office dogged by scandal and economic stagnation.

Till then, the focus will remain on President Zuma's willingness to step down from the post.

The ANC secretary-general spoke respectfully of Zuma, saying he had "not been found guilty by any court of law" and that the decision to recall him was not taken because he had done "anything wrong".

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