In an unprecedented move, the ANC will support a motion brought about by an opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, calling for the National Assembly to relieve Zuma of his duties as the president of the republic.
The EFF motion of no confidence was first on the order paper and first up for debate on Wednesday.
"It's clear for us as the leadership of the ANC that we can no longer wait beyond today, we don't want to keep South Africa waiting". Zuma is out‚ "but we continue to pursue those who looted our state coffers". Whereas in the past the party members of parliament had been whipped to back Zuma against motions of no confidence brought against him, they will now be required to abide by the new decision.
ANC secretary general Ace Magashule and his deputy Jessie Duarte delivered Zuma's recall letter to the presidential guesthouse on Tuesday morning.
Newly-elected president Cyril Ramaphosa will outline his plan to fight corruption in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Friday and wants his presidency to be categorised by political parties working together, despite competing allegiances.
The deadline for Zuma to resign was Wednesday, according to Mashatile.
Malema, a former staunch ally responsible for Zuma's ascent to power, blamed Zuma for a whole host of things from state capture, to Marikana, Life Esidimeni, the Sassa debacle and more. Instead the governing party opted to "amend" the EFF submission.
He said: "We are going to join the DA motion on the dissolution".
Mthembu said the ANC's reasoning will arise from the party's 54th national conference and from the discussions that had ensued in the national executive committee this week.
Speaker Baleka Mbete on Thursday refused a call from the opposition to hear a motion for the dissolution of Parliament, saying the only business of the day would be the election of a new president to succeed Zuma. We call on all South Africans to not fall victim of Zuma's crocodile tears and victimhood games he plays every time he is in the wrong.