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Jacob Zuma steps down as President of South Africa


JOHANNESBURG – Jacob Zuma, his political power destroyed by the mixed feelings, dubbed as incompetent and unfit by the South African majority, including his own allies, announced Tuesday morning that he’s resigning as the 4th President of South Africa.

The clock was ticking on President Jacob Zuma’s presidency; the Sunday Times reported that the newly-elected deputy president of the African National Congress (ANC) David Mabuza held talks with the resigned South African president on Saturday and to avoid any ouster, three days after, Zuma has decided to unseat himself.
In an emotion-filled, nationally televised speech Tuesday morning, the culmination of months of pressure amidst immediate protest and concerns from his own party officials to remove him from office, Zuma said the newly elected leader of ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa would be sworn in to succeed him at noon on Wednesday, 10 January, 2018. “The leadership of South Africa will be in good hands,” Zuma said, his voice wavering.
The President referred only briefly to the political wrangling and scandal that have befallen on his administration currently.
The newly-elected deputy president of the African National Congress (ANC) David Mabuza said Zuma was no longer the “right person” to lead the country.
Anti-apartheid struggle veterans had also called on the African National Congress (ANC) to recall the president.
Mr Zuma has been under growing pressure following a major cabinet reshuffle and economic crisis.
It’s believed this has led to South Africa’s credit rating being cut to junk status putting more pressure on a troubled economy.
His decision to resign his administration is presumed to eschew any brink of certain impeachment that might result in possible removal from office.
“I would have preferred to carry through to the finish, whatever the personal agony it would have involved, and my family unanimously urged me to do so. But the interest of the nation must always come before any personal considerations.”
Zuma concluded the 10-minute address with no good day, just a prayer:
“May God’s grace be with you all in the days ahead.” With this, Zuma ended his career in South African politics.
He also alleged to have ended an unprecedented constitutional crisis, coupled with corruption and taxation flaws that had divided and crippled the nation financially and dangerously slowed the work of government and compelling some prominent figures in his administration planning to resign with immediate effect.

“As we look to the future, the first essential is to begin healing the wounds of this nation,” Zuma said, “to put the bitterness and divisions of the recent past behind us and to discover the shared deals that lie at the heart of our strength and unity as a great and as a free people.”
Zuma did not directly mention Ramaphosa and Malema’s increasingly loud cries for his resignation.
Most of the demands had come from African National Congress espcially during his meeting with deputy president of the African National Congress (ANC) David Mabuza on Saturday.
But he did concede that he had decided to resign when it became evident to him that he no longer has sufficient political base in Congress to continue” in office.

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