Jacob Zuma steps down as South African president
South African President Jacob Zuma resigned yesterday in a televised address to the nation.
By stepping down, he avoided his almost certain ousting in a parliamentary vote scheduled for Thursday after years of corruption scandals.
Mr Zuma’s resignation came after the ruling African National Congress party instructed him to leave office by the end of yesterday or face a motion of no confidence in parliament.
His departure ended a leadership crisis in one of Africa’s biggest economies and set the stage for ruling party MPS to elect acting president Cyril Ramaphosa, previously deputy president, as Mr Zuma’s successor.
“I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect,” said Mr Zuma, 75, who added that he had taken the decision even though he disagreed with the ruling party’s demand that he quit.
Yesterday morning, police raided the home of prominent business associates of Mr Zuma who are accused of being at the centre of corruption scandals that have hurt the ANC’S popularity and weakened the economy.
Several people were reportedly arrested during the operations.