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Glenn Montgomery | 14 February, 2018, 19:47

But would be a painful option for the ruling party, he added.

The recall does not remove Zuma from office, but it does corner him.

How did we get here?

Zuma's presidency has been overshadowed by allegations of corruption which he has always vehemently denied.

The battle was bitter, closely-fought and high stakes - the victor could be expected to become the head of state and then lead the ANC into elections in 2019.

Opposition parties are calling for next year's general election to be brought forward.

Zuma said he had agreed to step down in June if the ANC accepted a phased transition.

The end of apartheid was a huge victory, but economic power in South Africa remains firmly in the hands of multinationals, white bosses and a thin layer of very rich black people.

The embattled president has faced a number of corruption scandals and was replaced as ANC leader in December.

If he refuses, Zuma would then likely be ousted via a parliamentary vote of no-confidence within days.

Absolute loyalty from its members has always been paramount to the success of the liberation party.

The announcement follows a special meeting of the ANC MPs on Wednesday, which was addressed by ANC Treasury General Paul Mashatile, to communicate the decision of the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) to recall President Jacob Zuma.

Mr Magashule said he expected Mr Zuma to "heed the order to leave".

He said to request of South Africans to sit back and insist that another person must come from the ANC would be undermining constitutionalism. His predecessor, Thabo Mbeki, resigned in 2008.

"The investigations and action simply can not end [with the Guptas] and must continue to all those implicated, including key ministers", Zakhele Mbehle from the Democratic Alliance said in a statement.

And the rot goes much deeper than the corruption of one man.

After being charged with the rape of a woman with HIV in 2005, he was mocked for saying he did not fear contracting the virus because he took a shower after sex.

In another scandal, South Africa's top court ruled in 2016 that Mr Zuma violated the constitution following an investigation of multimillion-dollar upgrades to his private home using state funds.

The ANC has tolerated Zuma's antics for some time.

In the past, the ANC had called it the "worst form of betrayal" of the party if its MPs voted with the opposition.

Zuma met his likely successor Ramaphosa for one-on-one crisis discussions on February 6 described as "productive". It also valued and preached loyalty among party members. He also had a power struggle with his deputy.

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