Angry Zuma quits
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.