Ending 9-Year Rule, Jacob Zuma Resigns As President Of South Africa

| February 15 , 2018 , 15:22 IST

Former anti-apartheid resistance fighter Jacob Zuma resigned from his position as the President of South Africa on Wednesday, heeding orders of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

Zuma had been the President of South Africa for 9 years, but his tenure was marred by scandal and corruption allegations. The ANC had replaced Zuma as party leader in December with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and on Tuesday ordered Zuma to step down from his post of the nation's president.

As Zuma failed to resign on Wednesday morning, the ANC announced that it would be backing an Opposition motion in the South Africa parliament to force him out, when Zuma announced his resignation.  

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In a farewell address to the nation, Zuma said that while he disagreed with the way he was being pushed out by the ruling party after the election of Ramaphosa as party president, he would accept its orders.

"I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect," Zuma said.

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

"No life should be lost in my name. And also the ANC should not be divided in my name," Zuma said.

The 75-year-old leader Zuma was once revered as a hero of Africa's most famous liberation movement and served as a political prisoner alongside the famous Mandela in his youth. His reputation later became marred with numerous allegations of corruption.

The resignation of Zuma leaves his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa as South Africa's acting leader.