>> The President had agreed in principle to resign.>> South Africa's ruling party, the ANC, has decided to force the country's President, Jacob Zuma, to step down. And they say Zuma's agreed, in principle. The big question now is when? Mfuneko Toyana is in the Reuters Johannesburg bureau.>> Stalemate between President Zuma and the African National Congress could continue indefinitely.
The decision by the African National Congress to recall President Zuma as the president of the country is not legally binding. And the only way that President Zuma could be removed as South Africa's president is through parliament.>> The problem is that it would require lawmakers to pass a vote of no confidence.
It would be the ninth he's faced. And while the opposition have called for one, the ANC say they have no plans for it. So negotiations with the scandal-plagued president continue. After 13 hours of deliberations that went well into the night, the party says Zuma pushed for a timeframe of three to six months to resign.
But no deadline's actually been set. Zuma's expected to formally respond tomorrow, but it's also not clear what will happen if he tries to go down fighting. He hasn't been found guilty in any court.>> The turnaround in Zuma's popularity has been monumental, mainly because of the corruption scandals he's been embroiled in.
And what has happened is that consumer confidence and business confidence have fallen sharply, as well as the ANC's fortunes in both national and local elections.>> The only certainty is that party leadership wants Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president and the ANC's chief, to succeed Zuma. Yet as the stalemate continues, who exactly is running the country is another unanswered question.