President Jacob Zuma. (Gallo Images)
Zuma Recall: The ANC has officially announced that is has notified President Jacob Zuma that he has been recalled by his party. While Zuma makes up his mind, South Africans have been getting their thoughts across.
President Jacob Zuma. (Gallo Images)
Ok, so now we all know that the ANC has officially recalled President Zuma (Zuma Recall and all that jazz). While it’s easy to get caught up on the word “recall”, it’s important to remember that Jacob Zuma is still President of the country. His party may have recalled him but that just means he is “instructed” to follow his party’s orders and resign. He is not legally obligated to step down.
ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule officially confirmed the recall news at a media briefing on Tuesday afternoon. With Magasgule (a Zuma allie) appearing visibly awkward while reading the statement, South Africans were in all kinds of moods on Twitter.
As usual, we’ve gathered some of the best responses we could find. Let’s start with one journalist pointing out just big of a deal Magashule’s announcement was for the entire world.
Do you think we might need more mics or we good? #ANC #ZumaRecall pic.twitter.com/xvIPQEQS3g
— Ranjeni Munusamy (@RanjeniM) February 13, 2018
As one meme pointed out, Zuma had “said” (he didn’t it was a joke) that he will resign when it rains in Cape Town. After the press conference came to an end, Thunder and dark clouds took over the Cape Town sky…
#ZumaRecall #ZumaExit pic.twitter.com/JkJrL4iuT9
— Siya Jones (@Siya_Jones) February 13, 2018
President Jacob Zuma was recalled and now all of a sudden Cape Town wants to rain. #ZumaRecall #DayZero
— Lee Baatjes (@Lee_Baatjes) February 13, 2018
While answering journalists questions, Magashule confusingly explained that Zuma had been given no deadline to resign. But they expected an answer at a certain time… eh?
#ZumaRecall: Ace Magashule: "We are expecting the president to respond tomorrow. Tomorrow the president will respond, there's no deadline." Courtesy #DStv403 pic.twitter.com/aDueIo1v1Y
— eNCA (@eNCA) February 13, 2018
Guys, I need clarification here ?…
Magashule said “I’m sure President Zuma will respond tomorrow”
Question: Is it the English or the South African “I’m sure”?
English: I’m sure = I’m certain.
South African: I’m sure = Maybe#ZumaRecall #ZumaExit #ANCNECPresser
— Karabo Mokgoko ? (@Karabo_Mokgoko) February 13, 2018
#ZumaRecall #ANCNECPresser Keep the champagne on ice a little while longer Mzansi ?? pic.twitter.com/8TeGVqn3bb
— Vanessa Pather (@VanessaPather) February 13, 2018
Ace Magashule on #ZumaRecall ?
"So we are expecting the president to respond tomorrow."
"There is no deadline."
"Tomorrow the president will respond."
"I don’t know whether you call it a deadline."
"But I know president will respond tomorrow." pic.twitter.com/mt0UikKFtO
— POWER 98.7 (@Powerfm987) February 13, 2018
Of course, Thabo Mbeki was on the mind of some South Africans. Karma finally coming back around all these years later?
Thabo Mbeki right now. #ZumaRecall pic.twitter.com/asStAfwVQK
— Vusi Thembekwayo (@VusiThembekwayo) February 13, 2018
Somewhere Thabo Mbeki is watching this mess like pic.twitter.com/cxFIAFYvNa
— Gugulethu Mhlungu (@GugsM) February 13, 2018
There was even a Black Panther reference…
Is it a coincidence that by Thursday, Zuma would have stepped down and on Friday T’Challa will take his place as the rightful King of South Africa? #BlackPanther #ZumaExit #ZumaRecall pic.twitter.com/snoODuMU4C
— Altamish Khan (@khanival) February 13, 2018
The rest of us were just sick of the wait and getting excited to finally be done with JZ… (even though we aren’t quite there yet)
Ace Magashule always chokes when he say "we want to fight corruption". I think he can't swallow his own lies.. I imagine he never wanted Zuma recalled because Zuma is as corrupt as he is.. Magashule your time is coming #ZumaExit #Zuma #ZumaRecall
— Tata Ka-Alakhe☺ (@Chosen_Darkie) February 13, 2018
President Zuma might call-in sick tomorrow. He's known to catch a very bad flu when it's time to speak #ZumaRecall
— njabsolutely (@njabsolutely) February 13, 2018
Get yerself an employer like the ANC, when they fire you, you get time and space. #ZumaRecall
— Khadija Patel (@khadijapatel) February 13, 2018
Cartoon for @eNCA #Zumexit #CyrilRamaphosa #ZumaRecall #ZumaExit pic.twitter.com/vS6gfdBsXl
— Rico Schacherl (@ricoschacherl) February 13, 2018
This entire #ZumaRecall process pic.twitter.com/PXtiwBPuD7
— Sibongile Mafu (@sboshmafu) February 13, 2018
When I can finally use the phrase ‘former president Jacob Zuma’. #ZumaExit #ZumaRecall pic.twitter.com/tbzGrExiyA
— Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh (@SizweMpofuWalsh) February 13, 2018
So now we go back to more waiting! Once again, the ball is in President Zuma’s court…