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[LIVE BLOG] The state of SA today: Zuma finally responds, ANC decides to recall him

On Wednesday morning, the Hawks raided at least two properties in Johannesburg, including the Gupta family home.

Ramaphosa is in Cape Town.

Following Zuma's suggestions that violence will break out among ANC members if he resigns - Mabe says - cadres of the ANC love peace and will do everything in their power to protect the movement in cordial manner.

The ANC's Pule Mabe says Zuma’s utterances that he doesn’t believe he is defying the ANC indicates that he understands the discipline of the party.

The ANC has called on the nation to give President Jacob Zuma time and space to respond to his recall.

EFF Floyd Shivambu might know something we don't... 

There are reactions from opposition parties and ANC stalwarts on Zuma's address:

"Only Jacob Zuma has the power in his hands to decide how messy, how ugly and how humiliating this is going to be for him." ANC deputy secretary general Cheryl Carolus said.

'Zuma has power to decide how humiliating recall will be' ANC Veteran

Cheryl Carolus, ANC Veteran and Former ANC deputy secretary general shares her views on Zuma's recall.

Mthembu says "If we get a letter, a love letter..." There is no need to convene.

Shivambu says if Zuma falls on his sword tonight, the chief whips should still meet tomorrow morning to proceed on the way forward.

Mbete replies yes Parliament will meet and an acting president would take over until Sona.

Narend Singh, IFP Chief Whip asks if Zuma resigns by tonight would Parliament have to meet?

"The ANC would like the people of South Africa to stop their anxiety about what is happening in our country." Jackson Mthembu, ANC Chief Whip said.

Mthembu clarifies what will happen on Friday saying in the morning the new president will be sworn in and the evening the State of Nation Address

Cornelius Mulder from the FFP urges Mbete to not take this matter lightly. 

Shivambu says the EFF agrees with the ANC's plan for the week ahead; the motion of no confidence, swearing in of new president, debate. 

Mbete says the recall of the president will go ahead.

Jackson Mthembu is adamant that the show will go on, he says Sona will continue on Friday evening.

Mbete says the vote of no confidence will be an open vote:

Back to Parliament with Baleka Mbete...

Back to Zuma... The ANC has responded to his public address.

We now move from Zuma to Speaker Baleka Mbete. Mbete has started the meeting of chief whips in Parliament.

Zuma is asking the ANC to help him understand why he should step down.

Expect a statement from the president (Zuma, the president is still Zuma) later today

Zuma says the leadership is unfair:

"Leaders might be causing even a bigger problem for the organisation. I hope they will know how to handle it." Zuma said.

Uh oh! Is this a threat by President Zuma? He says his comrades will regret recalling him.

Zuma said recalling Mbeki created problems within the ANC.

Back to the Hawks raid: Police Minister Fikile Mbalula briefs the media on the raids

Twitter has a question for the ANC:

Still refusing to step down...

"People out there say Zuma is defiant. I am not defiant, I do not agree with it. I am being victimised here." President Jacob Zuma.

The president keeps asking what he did wrong. Zuma says there are no reasons to convince him to step down:

Malema dropping files saying Zuma actively mobilised and spported the move to remove Mbeki as president

This is what Malema says Zuma is lying about... Don't forget Malema used to be ANCYL president and was Zuma's biggest supporter then...

EFF leader Julius Malema says Zuma is lying about the removal of Mbeki. Malema says "Zuma told me that we should remove Mbeki because he can't work with him"

The president says he wants to remove the perception that he was "elbowed out".

Zuma says when he met with Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday, he was sharper and rougher.

The president says he is not refusing to resign, he says it's a matter of a time frame.

“People were saying in December at the conference already that 'Zuma must not give the Sona'. So I decided to postpone the SONA, to find a way to solve the problem to go ahead. “ Zuma said.

Zuma says he was hurt by the protest outside Luthuli House.

Zuma says we are spending too much time on calling for him to go.

Zuma says during former president Thabo Mbeki's recall, the NEC told Mbeki the things they were not happy about.

Zuma continues to reiterate that the ANC have not told him what he has done wrong.

The president reiterates:

Zuma says he asked the ANC if he has done anything wrong but no one was able to answer him.

Zuma says there was a need to start a process to transfer the authority to the new president. 

President Jacob Zuma is now addressing the nation in a live TV broadcast.

Back to the Hawks raid, EWN can confirm that Hawks officials visited Oakbay Investments today in Sandton. They apparently empty handed.

NEWS JUST IN: Parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete has agreed to move the EFF's motion of no confidence.

Commentator on Twitter noting the different tones of today's ANC caucus briefing and ANC briefing at Luthuli House yesterday

The budget speech has been scheduled for 21 February

Mashatile says Zuma has not asked the ANC for amnesty.

Lindiwe Mazibuko, former DA leader in Parliament, supports the EFF's motion of no confidence:

Take a look at the ANC's preferred timeline below:

Mthembu has stressed the importance of assuring the nation that we are not in a state of limbo.

Mthembu says at this point it doesn't matter whether the vote of no confidence is a secret ballot or not.

"Should he [Zuma] resign, the Cabinet stays and the deputy president takes over. If he doesn't resign and is recalled then the whole Cabinet goes." ANC Treasurer General Paul Mashatile said.

"We are all agreement that the president must go!" ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu said.

The ANC will make amendments to the EFF's motion of no confidence.

ANC Treasurer General Paul Mashatilesaid the motion will carry on before the budget speech, which will be next week. 

The ANC will proceed with a motion of no confidence against President Zuma tomorrow (Thursday).

We are breakdown what all of this means...

Let's move on to the state of South Africa now. In breaking news, President Jacob Zuma has been given a deadline to step down by today.

The Hawks investigation into the farm is ongoing.

We know it's a lot to take in, this is why we are here. We are here. for you.

Mkhwebane did not make any findings against Magashule or the Guptas. She has been subsequently summoned to Parliament where she will appear before the justice committee to explain the report.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane released her report on allegations of wrongdoing during the project but has been criticised for recommending that Magashule be tasked with heading disciplinary proceedings.

Ace Magashule, Free State premier, was also implicated in dealings during the project. The Hawks raided Magashule’s office in January.

Still with us on the understanding of the who, why, what, where, when and how of this dairy farm? Okay let's proceed to others implicated in this...

Under the watch of then agriculture MEC Mosebenzi Zwane, around R220-million was looted from the project. Zwane has said he’s unaware the Guptas were involved in the project.

The Free State high court ordered that Gupta’s bank account, and the bank accounts of 18 other people – including Gupta business associates – must be frozen so the assets can be preserved.

A court order in January implicated Atul Gupta in the dairy farm case, saying that he had benefited from the “proceeds of crime” to the tune of R10 million. 

The Guptas allegedly pocketed millions of rands from the dairy farm project which was supposed to uplift poor black farmers and benefit the community. 

What is the Estina dairy farm project near Vrede all about?

EWN understands that people linked to the Free State dairy farm project (Vrede Dairy Farm) are being arrested or their properties are being raided.

Let's recap why the Hawks are conducting these raids shall we?

What is a big serious South African news event without memes?

Bedfordview residents say they laid complaints when workers building the mansion claimed they were being paid with government issue pension cheques that bounced.

Bedfordview residents say they have been suspicious about these properties for some time. 

The property visited by the Hawks in Bedfordview today is owned by Gupta lieutenant and former MD of Sahara Systems Ashok Narayan.

WHAT DO WE KNOW SO FAR?

Our reporter on the ground says it's understood two people are planing to hand themselves in. 

We've also been told at least 2 other people will hand themselves over to the Hawks or be arrested later today.

The Bedfordview property below belongs to key Gupta lieutenant Ashok Narayan, former MD of Sahara Systems.

BREAKING NEWS: Eyewitness News has learnt that a total of three people have been arrested in the Hawks' raids this morning. Highly placed sources with intimate knowledge of the raids have confirmed the arrests.

It's understood the Hawks will be moving to other addresses after the Guptas' home.

When a vacuum exists, the public is left to assume, think creatively and wonder.

Eyewitness News has also been told that there was a second raid in Bedfordview.

Let's recap what we know.

This morning the Hawks raided the Guptas' family compound in Saxonwold. There have been reports of at least two arrests, but the crime-fighting unit is yet to confirm this officially.

Good morning. Welcome to EWN's live blog on the activity of the Hawks.