The ANC has left its former president Jacob Zuma’s fate in the hands of its newly elected top leadership structure, the national executive committee (NEC). It will once again be up to the NEC to decide whether to recall Zuma after the issue was raised at its 54th national conference, which wrapped up its business at Nasrec on Wednesday night. The NEC recalled former president Thabo Mbeki about nine months after Zuma had displaced him as party president. But there is an acute urgency around Zuma’s recall due to the proximity of the 2019 national election and his scandal-ridden decade in office. It is understood that both camps that contested for the ANC presidency would have moved to cut short Zuma’s term in a bid to restore confidence in the party ahead of the 2019 poll. The party under Cyril Ramaphosa’s leadership is now under pressure to act against Zuma also to restore investor confidence and prevent further rating downgrades. The new NEC is expected to be a "mixed bag", which in...

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