Jacob Zuma resigns

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South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned, ending a 9-year rule seen by many as the most troubled period for the rainbow nation since the end of the apartheid.

Jacob Zuma

Zuma has fallen

Zuma’s decision came after days of intense pressure from his own party to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC’s new leader.

He resigned on Wednesday night hours after refusing to throw in the towel, forcing the ANC parliamentary caucus to table a motion of no confidence on Thursday.

“We can no longer wait beyond today. President Zuma might respond later but we can’t keep South Africans waiting‚” ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile told journalists yesterday.

The motion of no confidence was scheduled for 2pm on today.  But in a televised statement, President Zuma said he was stepping down with immediate effect but said he disagreed with his ANC party’s decision.

Mashatile said ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa will be voted in as acting president to serve out the remainder of Zuma’s term until the country goes to the polls in 2019. However, the opposition is demanding early polls.

“The news will please the business community, markets and international investors. Millions of South Africans from all communities, who were concerned about the long-term consequences of Zuma’s rule for a country struggling to overcome many of the most damaging legacies of its troubled history, will also be relieved” reported the Guardian.

Jacob Zuma faces numerous allegations of corruption.

Earlier on Wednesday, police swooped on the Johannesburg home of the powerful and wealthy Gupta family with whom Zuma has close ties. Just like Zuma, they deny any wrongdoing.

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  1. He resigned for the sake of his country unlike other old people who wants to contest in 2019 instead of applying for a room in an old age home #DeadMalawi

  2. Mugabe and Zuma finally has resigned, now we are waiting for this two power hungry lions.. Joseph Kabila and Peter Munthalika, we are waiting for your resignation letters. .. Moya and Kabila mwatsala nokha awiri here in Southern Africa, jump yourself before we make you jump, or push you out by force

  3. olo chakwela atakhala president mudzafunabe kut atule udindo wawe koma nthaw isanakwane! dziko lapansi….

  4. Zofunika Kwambilri Zimenezi.Kuno Kwanthu Ku Malawi Tiphuzilepo,tisamasekelele Azitsogole Anthu Kumatibela.Anu Akuzipani Ku Machotsa Azitsogoleri Akuba Chauta Adza Kudalitsani Chifukwa Mwayendetsa Chilungamo.God Bless South Africa.

  5. KOMA CHIPANI NDI ANC ANDALE NDI ANDALE AMADYELA LIMODZI BASI KOMA NGAKHALE WATULA ATULA ANGATI? PALIBE WABWINO AI. IFE WANTHU SITIKHUTITSIDWA NDINAWONELA KU RIBIA GADAF AMAIKA MOYO PAWANTHU AKE KOMA LELO AKUTI ANAFUNA ZISINTHE MPAKA KUPHETSA GADAF LELO DZIKO LASANDUKA BWINJA.

  6. Andale ndiochenjela Zuma akuziwa chomwe akuchita akuziwa kuti zake zada so angofuna kuteteza chipani same like Mugabe l just finish to watch the BBC video but l can see political leaders thy r clever

  7. It’s like a trend now and its happening APM must leave Sanjika because that precious home was not meant for failures

  8. The wind of change is blowing across southern Africa, and our eyes are watching to see the next culprit.
    Long live ANC, and south African democracy.