ANC has made the decision to recall President Jacob Zuma. Our political reporter, Baldwin Ndaba, explains what the outcome would be of a Zuma recall. Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu

Cape Town - The African National Congress (ANC) has decided to recall President Jacob Zuma, ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule announced on Tuesday. 

Magashule said that it had communicated a decision to recall Zuma as the country's head of state, but he has not yet responded. 

"We haven't given him [Zuma] any deadline to respond," Magashule said.

Our senior political reporter, Baldwin Ndaba, explains what happens what a recall means and what the outcome would be:

A recall can be done through a motion of no confidence.

In Zuma's case, if the ANC submits such a motion in Parliament, it only has to secure a 50 + 1 vote - or a simple majority - for such a motion to succeed. 

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This would result in Zuma and his entire cabinet stepping down.

The Speaker of Parliament will hold the fort for 30 days when Parliament will be expected to elect a new president as well as a deputy.

If they impeach Zuma, Parliament must secure two-thirds majority in the house for his removal. If he goes through impeachment, Zuma will lose all benefits including security and personal bodyguards.