Mr. Jacob Zuma at a press conference on Wednesday night resigned as President of South Africa. According to him, his resignation takes immediate effect. The 75-year-old has recently come under serious criticism by his party, the African National Congress (ANC). His decision comes as a surprise to many since he has resisted all attempts to impeach him.
Speaking on Ark in the morning, Mr. Kwabena Agyei a historian and political analyst said his resignation is long overdue so doing it now is not surprising.
South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned after intense pressure from his own party.
In a televised statement he said he was quitting with immediate effect but said he disagreed with his ANC party’s decision.
The ANC had told him to step down or face a vote of no confidence in parliament.
The 75-year-old has been facing calls to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC’s new leader.
Mr Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption.
Earlier on Wednesday, police swooped on the Johannesburg home of the powerful and wealthy Gupta family with whom Mr Zuma has close ties.
How did Mr Zuma announce his resignation?
He began his speech by laughing and joking with members of the press, asking them why they looked so serious.
After paying tribute to those whom he had worked with over the years, Mr Zuma said that violence and division within the ANC had influenced his decision to step down.
“No life should be lost in my name and also the ANC should never be divided in my name. I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect,” he said.
“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.”
By:Martin Abu Prah/BBC