The country's ruling party held an eight-hour meeting on Monday and announced the news on state television.
The African National Congress (ANC), South Africa's ruling party, has decided to remove President Jacob Zuma from his role, a source told Reuters.
“We decided to recall Zuma. He hasn’t been told yet,” said the senior ANC source on Tuesday.
The news comes a day after a marathon 13-hour meeting by the party's top leadership on Monday which led to Zuma being given 48 hours to resign, according to Reuters.
ANC has the authority to order Zuma to depart his role, but local media is reporting Zuma may refuse to do so. The party will reportedly hold a press conference at midday Tuesday, local time.
Zuma is no longer head of the ANC, which has been led by the deputy president and expected successor Cyril Ramaphosa since December.
Ramaphosa reportedly delivered the message to Zuma in person during the marathon meeting. According to The Guardian, the message to resign or face being ordered to leave his post by the ANC, was delivered around midnight.
Local media has reported Zuma responded by saying, "Do what you want to do."
Zuma has faced years of corruption claims and overseen economic decline. He has previously survived eight parliamentary no-confidence votes since becoming president in 2009.
The ANC has led South Africa since apartheid ended in 1994. The party lost ground in 2016 elections and the country heads to the polls again in 2019.