The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma has announced his immediate resignation on Wednesday after the ruling African National Congress party threatened to eject him from office via a parliamentary vote of no confidence.
In a 30-minute televised address to the nation, the 75-year-old said he was a disciplined member of the ANC, to which he had dedicated his life.
“I fear no motion of no confidence or impeachment … I will continue to serve the people of South Africa and the ANC. I will dedicate my life to continuing to work for the execution of the policies of our organisation,”
“No life should be lost in my name. The ANC should never been divided in my name. I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect.”
The scandal tainted President had been asked to step down from his post by the ANC. He complained about the process, saying:
“I don’t fear exiting political office however I have only asked my party to articulate my transgressions and the reason for its instructions that I vacate office.”
Jacob Zuma’s resignation clears the path for deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, who took over the leadership of the ANC party in December, to be elected by parliament to the highest office.
Zuma has led the ANC since 2007 and been South Africa’s president since 2009. He was due to leave power next year.