Zuma's stubbornness will be a huge embarrasment for the ANC - analyst

Political analyst Mpumelelo Mkhabela says if President Jacob Zuma does not resign he will be waging war with the ANC, a party that put him where he is today.

The ANC has given Zuma 48 hours to accept or reject its decision to recall him. He is expected to make his announcement on Wednesday as to whether he is leaving office or not voluntarily.

Mkhabela says if Zuma still refuses to step down, it will be a huge embarrassment to the ANC because it will be forced to join forces with the opposition parties in order to have him removed.

Zuma has asked the ANC NEC during negotiations to allow him three more months before he steps down, but the NEC rejected his request.

Read: 'Zuma has power to decide how humiliating recall will be' ANC Veteran

Three months for Jacob Zuma was never going to be enough. He was obviously going to ask for more when that time comes.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela, Political analyst

The idea for him was never to vacate office at all ... That office, he has used it as an instrument to loot, and he has also used it as an instrument to defend himself against any potential prosecution, or being held to account.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela, Political analyst

So once he leaves that office he is vulnerable to anything...

Mpumelelo Mkhabela, Political analyst

Mkhabela believes Cyril Ramaphosa has now gained the trust and support of the ANC as well as the country as the next president of the republic.

He says Ramaphosa has taken over a fractured party and still has a long way to go to restore unity within the ANC.

What he has done, to his credit, is the way he has worked with Jacob Zuma, because initially it didn't seem like he wanted to fire Zuma but he wanted to manage the transition.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela, Political analyst

He was trying to maintain a good working relationship right up until the NEC took a decision that Zuma must go. Even with that, he tried to handle the situation so that there is no humiliation.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela, Political analyst

That process has won him some supporters in the NEC, even staunch Zuma supporters, when they heard how Zuma insulted the NEC, began to change to say that is not the Zuma we supported.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela, Political analyst

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