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South African President, Jacob Zuma, Finally Bows Out

Jacob Zuma finally bows to pressure, steps down

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South African President, Jacob Zuma, Finally Bows Out

Jacob Zuma Finally Bows To Pressure, Steps Down

Jacob Zuma finally bows to pressure, steps down

Jacob Zuma finally bows to pressure, steps down

The South African President, Jacob Zuma, has finally bowed to pressure and tendering his resignation address on Wednesday evening following the non-confidence vote passed on him by party officials a day before.

The announcement came after his party, ANC, publicly demanded his resignation after efforts to privately convince Zuma to step aside failed.

He said in his public address on Wednesday that he is resigning in order not to cause division in the party as well lost of lives. He said, “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.”

The 75-year-old Zuma has been in power since 2009, and have consequently been accused of corruption. He, however, after his resignation disagreed with the way the ANC acted towards him saying that he never feared a motion of no confidence because “I have served the people of South Africa to the best of my ability.”

He stated that he has always been a “disciplined member of the ANC. and that “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 in.”
Speaking on Zuma’s resignation immediately after his address, Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the opposition party, Democratic Alliance, stated that it was already time that Zuma resigned and that the former President should see his day in court on corruption charges. He said, “It’s about time that some form of accountability is afflicted on Jacob Zuma and I think that he has been a one-man wrecking ball to our economy, to our country,”
Maimane further disclosed that his party, the Democratic Alliance will also put forth its candidate in the national assembly on Thursday and if needed will contest the election of acting President Cyril Ramaphosa.
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