ANC removes Jacob Zuma as South Africa head

Last Updated: Feb 13 2018 16:20

South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) party has decided to remove Jacob Zuma as head of state after he refused to resign, local media reported.

The decision was reached after Marathon talks by senior party leaders behind closed doors at a hotel outside Pretoria on Tuesday.

“It took a brutal 13 hours, but the ANC’s national executive committee has decided to recall President Jacob Zuma as head of state,” the Times newspaper said citing unnamed sources.

Mr Zuma who has been in power since 1994, can still opt not yo obey the party's command. If that happens, he will face a vote of confidence in parliament that he is expected to lose.

The ANC has not officially announced the decision but sources confirmed the news to South African media outlets and Reuters news agency.