Jacob Zuma resigns as South Africa’s president on eve of no-confidence vote

Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, has resigned after days of defying orders from the ruling African National Congress to leave office and on the eve of a no-confidence vote in parliament. In a televised address

Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, has resigned after days of defying orders from the ruling African National Congress to leave office and on the eve of a no-confidence vote in parliament.

In a televised address to the nation late on Wednesday, 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,” Zuma said.

“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 resignation ended an extraordinary day in South African politics, which had begun with a dawn raid on a business family at the centre of the recent corruption allegations levelled at Zuma.

At noon, ANC officials announced they would vote for an opposition party’s no-confidence motion in parliament on Thursday.

Late in the afternoon, Zuma gave an angry and rambling TV interview to justify his refusal to obey his own party’s order to step down.

But his speech was more confident and warm.

The president started with a joke with journalists about the late hour, and his trademark chuckle. He expressed his gratitude to the ANC and South Africans for the privilege of serving them at the “pinnacle” of public life, before saying thank you and goodbye in three local languages.

Zuma’s resignation leaves the path clear for deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, who took over the leadership of the ANC in December, to be elected by parliament to the highest office.

Zuma, a former anti-apartheid activist who has led the ANC since 2007 and been South Africa’s president since 2009, was due to leave power next year.

His tenure has been marred by economic decline and multiple charges of graft that have undermined the image and legitimacy of the party that led South Africans to freedom in 1994.

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3 COMMENTS
  • Gedamu February 15, 2018

    This is what’s called people power to force a change in a democratic country, well done South Africans.
    When will poor hopeless Eritreans force for a constructive change in Eritrea?
    There is no much of a hope in a near future unless from the all might God.
    The Eritrean diaspora are too weak, opportunists and divided to help Eritreans uprising inside the country.

  • Degoli February 15, 2018

    (Christian Eritreans once again victims in the Arab Islamic Sudan) — don’t worry about the Hgdefites and the Abeeds who will ignore this sad news

    Sudan: Captured, Raped, Ransomed – the Kidnappers Preying On Teenagers Far From Home

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    When Ella and her cousin reached a refugee camp in Sudan, it seemed to herald safety. Instead, it was the start of an all too familiar ordeal.

    It was right at the moment Ella thought she was safe that she was kidnapped.

    The 17-year-old had just entered eastern Sudan’s Wad Sharife refugee camp with her teenage cousin. The girls had been walking for days, in a desperate bid to escape compulsory, indefinite military service in their birth country Eritrea, which begins as soon as school ends.

    Now, Ella was about to come face to face with another danger: the Rashaida, a feared tribe found on eastern Sudan’s border. The Rashaida have been accused of thousands of refugee kidnappings over the past decade.

    When a man approached the pair on a motorcycle, saying he was security and could take them to camp reception, they believed him. He was nicely dressed, Ella remembers, in a shirt and trousers.

    Instead, he locked them inside a room on site, before bringing more men to force the pair into a van and transporting them far from the camp. …
    Source – continue to read in – allafrica news service

    • amanuel February 15, 2018

      Degoli
      Kemey hadirkum?
      Entatie nizerie alena!

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