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ANC orders Zuma to quit today or face no confidence motion

Press Trust of India  |  Johannesburg 

A defiant today refused to step down as the South African president, hours after the ruling ordered him to quit by this evening or face a in Parliament.

In an unannounced TV interview, 75-year-old refused to quit, saying he had been given no reason by the party why he should resign.

"It was very unfair to me that this issue is raised... Nobody has ever provided the reasons. Nobody is saying what I have done." he said in the 45-minute long interview.

He said he would make another statement later today.

Earlier, ANC confirmed that had defied a recall from his party.

Addressing the media after an ANC Parliamentary Caucus meeting this afternoon, Mashatile said, "the ball is in his court. We can't wait. Its not fair to South Africans, the ANC or anybody."

Mashatile said that if resigned by this evening, the in Parliament would fall away.

"Should he resign, the cabinet stays and the (Cyril Ramaphosa) takes over and we continue. However, if he doesnt resign and he is recalled, the whole cabinet goes. In that case the of Parliament will be the until a new President is elected," Mashatile said.

"There are no negotiations (with Zuma)," added ANC who shared the platform with Mashatile.

"We had discussions between the officials of the ANC and President Zuma to find an exit for him where we did not want him to be humiliated. He has now chosen not to agree to (these discussions), so the was left with no option but to recall him.

Zuma has previously survived several motions of no confidence by opposition parties in the past.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 20:00 IST