Jacob Zuma on Wednesday announced his resignation as the president of South Africa in a televised address to the nation after being under pressure to quit before the official end of his term in mid-2019.
Zuma, 75, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption. His Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC’s new leader will be sworn in as president.
“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.”