Jacob Zuma resigns as South Africa’s president

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma gestures during a media briefing with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (not pictured) at the Union Building in Pretoria November 26, 2014. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: POLITICS)

Jacob Zuma has resigned as president of South Africa with immediate effect, state television announced Wednesday night. Mr. Zuma, 75, has led South Africa since 2009.

His resignation came a day after he was rejected by his party, the African National Congress, on corruption allegations and his connection to the Gupta family in South Africa.

The party also gave Mr. 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. 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.

The party’s Treasurer-General, Paul Mashatile, said on Wednesday that the party is starting “a new era.”

“The conference of ANC has created new hope. Our people want to see change. We want to go with renewal,” Mr. Mashatile said.

Since Mr. Zuma has now stepped down, it is unlikely that his cabinet would be forced to go with him. Mr. Mashatile had earlier said the cabinet members would be removed if Mr. Zuma failed to resign before the no-confidence vote on Thursday.

During his appearance on SABC Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Zuma denied all allegations of wrongdoing levelled against him and vowed not to resign.

He demanded that he should be told whatever his offences might be and he would take a decision on his future accordingly.

“No, I will not resign,” he said.

The ANC said parliament could elect another president as soon as Thursday if Mr. Zuma agrees to step down.

But on Wednesday night, Mr. Zuma announced his resignation, consequently preempting the no-confidence moves by his party.

Mr. Zuma had survived eight previous attempts to remove him. The failed efforts were largely driven by opposition politicians.

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 organisation 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. 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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  • Watch man

    Amazing! This man resigned because of pressure on him over his corrupt practices. Can this happen in Nigeria? I doubt!

    • Otile

      Buhari would rather commit genocide than resign.

      • Julius

        Again….But you told us with Joy that he was dead . So in your world, dead people can resign. Chei, u dey try sha !

        • M

          Boring reply. You really have nothing to say, thus shut up!

    • Dr Bunmi Binitie

      We will get there by God’s grace

      • Julius

        Amen !!!!

  • Otunba

    This is a Country and a people who care for Nation Building! Nigeria is a Country/People from another Planet!! Everybody hugs “Any Government In Power” AGIP…….. no matter how poor/bad the situation is…..we are ourselves enemies!!! Lord have mercy!!!!

  • Km Babs

    Is better if IMO state governor also tell Zuma statue to resign in IMO state

    • Julius

      Abeg, leave the governor out of this..lolz. He is busy trying to install his son-in-law as his successor. It takes time , energy and concentration. In short, man can only do one thing at a time.

  • AryLoyds

    Why can’t Buhari do the same and save nigeria from further suffering and calamity

    • Julius

      But you told us with Joy that he was dead . So in your world, dead people can resign. Chei, u dey try sha !

      • Fire4fire

        Can you keep shut for once bastard!

        • Julius

          You should know who is a bastard since all your families are bastards born by prostitutes.

      • Fire4fire

        must you talk without sense?

        • Julius

          I was asking him a question after he told us that Buhari was dead in the UK months ago. You would have been better off asking why I made that statement or asking him that question. Maybe then, your unsolicited comment can make sense.

      • AryLoyds

        Dead people can resign , but Buhari is already dead

        • Julius

          Maybe in your delusional world !

    • Otile

      When he wakes up from his trance he may resign. We pity his APC worshipers, and horde of illiterate touts, their days are numbered, they hope the reign of their dull imam will never end.

      • AryLoyds

        Otile I am thinking the fulanis are up to game , Buhari running may be just to pave way for ATIKU

        • Julius

          Hahahahahaha, something is definitely wrong with you…commenting to yourself ? Chei !

    • abodes_124

      There is a tide in the affairs of men …. first Mugabe, thenZuma, next buhari. There maybe hope for Africa yet .

      • AryLoyds

        Knowing the jihadist fully well, he will not go without a fight

    • Chibuzo Mobis

      Because it’s South Africa and because it’s Nigeria and also because we are not the ones to talk.

      • AryLoyds

        He should use his common sense

  • Wale

    It would not stop there; court charges will likely follow, this is one the ways to correct the wrongs.
    It is also possible that the in-coming president would pardon him (Zuma), but all in all, he’s still a corrupt person.
    One of the reasons why South Africa is looked upon (all around the world) as a favorable place to business than “fantastically Corrupt” Nigeria where there’s no consequences for dipping your leprosy infected fingers into government covers.

  • KBE

    This is the man APC governor of IMO erected his statue in Owerri. A symbol of corruption and division in his own country is a celebrity and hero of IMO state to the shame of the state.

    • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

      “A symbol of corruption and division in his own country is a celebrity and hero of IMO state to the shame of the state.”
      ——–
      It takes a symbol of corruption to idolize another.

  • Nnamdi Ugwuadu

    We will pull it down and send Rochas packing.

  • Julius

    lolz.

  • Julius

    Hahahahahahaha @ thorny topic . I love busting their balls. Give them something to cry about. They do it very well.

  • Julius

    lolz.