The Oasis Reporters
February 14, 2018
South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma did not bother to wait for a valentine dinner with his multiple wives in state house. He has resigned his office with immediate effect.
He made the announcement in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening.
Earlier, Mr Zuma’s governing ANC party told him to resign or face a vote of no confidence in parliament on Thursday.
The 75-year-old has been under increasing pressure to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC’s new leader. Mr Ramaphosa had made a statement about the set time for the orderly disengagement of President Zuma yesterday.
Zuma chose his moment without fanfare.
Mr Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption.
His resignation came at the end of a long speech in which he said he disagreed with the way the ANC had acted towards him.
He said he did not fear a motion of no confidence, adding: “I have served the people of South Africa to the best of my ability.”
It will be recalled that he played no small role in seeing his predecessor, Thabo Mbeki out of office.