An­gry Zuma quits

The Observer - - NEWS | WORLD -

JA­COB Zuma has re­signed as South African pres­i­dent with im­me­di­ate ef­fect af­ter com­ing un­der in­tense pres­sure from his rul­ing African Na­tional Congress Party.

The party had or­dered him to leave of­fice, but the coun­try’s con­sti­tu­tion pre­vented them from forc­ing him from of­fice.

How­ever, he would have faced a vote of no con­fi­dence by par­lia­ment if he had stayed.

Mr Zuma, 75, quit at the end of a ram­bling ad­dress to the na­tion.

He said he was in­debted to the ‘glo­ri­ous’ ANC but dis­agreed with the way the party had acted to­wards him and ranted at the ill treat­ment he said he had re­ceived.

A string of cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions have dogged Mr Zuma’s two terms as pres­i­dent, re­lat­ing specif­i­cally to a 1999 arms deal, a rape ac­cu­sa­tion, scald­ing black peo­ple “who be­come too clever”, and his re­la­tion­ship with the pow­er­ful Gupta fam­ily. They have de­nied any wrong­do­ing.

Po­lice raided Gupta premises just be­fore the Zuma speech and at least one Gupta was ar­rested.

Once an anti-apartheid hero, Mr Zuma goes as a sym­bol of cor­rup­tion, leav­ing be­hind a weak­ened econ­omy.

The man likely to re­place Mr Zuma is now act­ing pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa. He was close to Nel­son Man­dela.

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