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South African President Jacob Zuma Resigns


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Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, resigned on Wednesday in a nationwide address.

Zuma was forced out by his own ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), whose National Executive Committee (NEC) gave him 48 hours to resign on Tuesday. He was expected to face a no-confidence motion in Parliament on Thursday, at which his own party was expected to vote against him for the first time, having protected him in earlier such efforts.

South African news website Independent Online reports:

President Jacob Zuma announced his resignation with immediate effect on Wednesday night.

“Even though I disagree with the decision . I have always been a disciplined member of my organisation,” he said.

Zuma was speaking from the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Wednesday night.

A defiant Zuma earlier on Wednesday spoke out in an interview with the [South African Broadcasting Corporation], saying he had done nothing wrong and was never told the reasons for his recall.

Zuma said he had made it clear to the party’s national officials that he was not willing to leave the Union Buildings without being told what wrong he had committed. He said he felt victimised.

While proclaiming his innocence, Zuma had long been dogged by allegations of corruption and “state capture” by prominent individuals and interests who used their financial influence over Zuma’s circle to control the government.


Too corrupt even for them?

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