Thursday, February 15

South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma resigns

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Jacob Zuma, president of South Africa, has resigned after days of defying orders from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to leave office and on the eve of a no-confidence vote in parliament, state television announced Wednesday night. Mr. Zuma, 75, has led South Africa since 2009.

The party also gave Mr. Jacob Zuma until Wednesday night to resign or a vote of no confidence motion would be brought against him on Thursday to remove him from office.

Mr. Zuma is likely to be succeeded by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has already emerged the new leader of the ANC.

Mr. Zuma had earlier refused to stand down during an interview with SABC even after police raided the homes of his associates, the Gupta family, in Johannesburg, the country’s commercial capital.

The Guptas, who have been named in a series of corruption probes, are said to be associates of Mr. Zuma, who has led South Africa since 2009.

Some members of the ANC have long asked Mr. Jacob Zuma to step down, and the party itself formally took a position on the matter by removing Mr. Zuma as its leader on Tuesday and asking him to resign within 24 hours.

Mr Zuma said he stepped down to avoid violence and further division within the ANC.

“No life should be lost in my name and also the ANC should never be divided in my name,” Mr. Zuma said. “I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect.”

“Even though I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organisation, I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC.
“As I leave I will continue to serve the people of South Africa as well as the ANC, the organization I have served all of my life,” he added.
The ANC issued a statement saying Mr Zuma’s resignation provided “certainty to the people of South Africa”.

Mr. Jacob Zuma played a prominent role in the military wing of the ANC during the days of apartheid, and eventually replaced Thabo Mbeki in 2009.

The South African economy struggled under his tenure, and violent crimes also rose. But Mr. Zuma maintained that he helped deepen the country’s political and economic stability.

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