South African President Jacob Zuma broke his silence Wednesday to disagree with the ruling party's order to resign and say he'd done nothing wrong, setting the stage for his nearly certain ouster in a parliamentary vote on Thursday after years of corruption scandals.
Zuma has resisted increasing pressure to quit since December 2017, when Cyril Ramaphosa replaced him as leader of the ANC.
The party wants Zuma to end his second five-year term early so that it can build up support ahead of 2019 elections.
Besides his controversial relationship with the Guptas, who were born in India but moved to South Africa in the early 1990s, Zuma has 783 counts of corruption outstanding against him relating to a 2.5 billion dollars state arms deal in the late 1990s. Calls to ANC spokesman Pule Mabe's mobile phone didn't connect.
If Zuma, 75, still did not budge, he would face a vote of confidence in Parliament that he was expected to lose, the BBC said.
"South Africa's going through a period of uncertainty and anxiety as a result of the unresolved matter of transition", Magashule said, adding that the decision to demand Zuma's resignation was a hard one "taken after exhaustive discussions".
"The investigations and action simply can not end [with the Guptas] and must continue to all those implicated, including key ministers", Zakhele Mbehle from the Democratic Alliance said in a statement.
The party's highest decision-making body resolved to recall him, invoking the clause in the ANC constitution that gives the structure the powers to recall a public representative.
It comes after police raided the home of a business family linked to President Zuma, describing it as a "crime scene".
Opposition parties in parliament have called for the motion of no-confidence in President Jacob Zuma‚ scheduled for February 22‚ to be brought forward to this week.
Its motion will be amended by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to retain the "no confidence" elements but with a different preamble and reasoning.
We can no longer keep South Africa waiting, said senior ANC official Paul Mashatile. Together with Mr Zuma's son Duduzane, the Guptas grew their influence over state-owned corporations such as the local electricity authority Eskom.
Alleging he was being victimised, he said, "It was very unfair to me that this (resignation) issue is raised".