All eyes were on the ANC press briefing at Luthuli House on Tuesday afternoon, in which it announced the party's decision, at last, to recall President Jacob Zuma.
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule explained what happened in the intense 13-hour special NEC meeting on Monday that lasted until the early hours of Tuesday.
The wait is finally over, but South Africans are not convinced – many believe that the briefing was not as clear as it should have been. Magashule could not answer simple questions – which is cause of concern.
Here's what tweeps had to say:
This is as clear as mud.— Ferial Haffajee (@ferialhaffajee) February 13, 2018
"There is no deadline but we expect a statement from President Zuma tomorrow."#ZumaRecall
Guys, I need clarification here 😂...— Karabo Mokgoko 🦄 (@Karabo_Mokgoko) February 13, 2018
Magashule said "I'm sure President Zuma will respond tomorrow"
Question: Is it the English or the South African "I'm sure"?
English: I'm sure = I'm certain.
South African: I'm sure = Maybe#ZumaRecall #ZumaExit #ANCNECPresser
#ZumaRecall Magashule: "When we recall our deployed we expect the deployed to do what the party decided". He says he doesn't know whether Zuma will resign or not— Dineo Bendile (@DineoBendile) February 13, 2018
A sense of relief is definitely evident from some.
Tomorrow is Valentine's Day❤️ and they say if you love someone, you'll set them free... Perhaps tomorrow President Jacob Zuma will show us how much he loves South Africa. Give him a chance😉— Lerato Mbele (@BBCLerato) February 13, 2018
According to reports by Business Day, the rand weakened after the ANC admitted it had not given Zuma a deadline to resign, losing 0.2 percent to a session low of R11.95/$ at 2.18pm, from R11.88/$ before Magashule's press briefing.