Jacob Zuma steps down as South Africa’s president

African National Congress to decide Zuma's future
Jacob Zuma resigns as South Africa's president Jacob Zuma has declared, during a late-night address at the Union Buildings, that he will be stepping down as president of the country.
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.

The African National Congress had told him to step down or face a vote of no confidence in parliament.

How Mr Zuma announce his resignation

He began his speech by laughing and joking with members of the press, asking them why they looked so serious.

After paying tribute to those whom he had worked with over the years, Mr Zuma said that violence and division within the ANC had influenced his decision to step down.

“No life should be lost in my name and also the ANC should never be divided in my name. I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect,” he said.

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

“As I leave I will continue to serve the people of South Africa as well as the ANC, the organisation I have served… all of my life.”

 

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