Zuma Finally Quits As SA President

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 expressed his gratitude to the ANC and South Africans for the privilege of serving them at the “pinnacle” of public life.

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.

The chaotic political crisis of recent days has further damaged the ANC, and angered many South Africans who are increasingly impatient with the party’s opaque internal procedures.

Ramaphosa won a bitterly fought internal election in December and is seen as the standard bearer of the party’s reformist wing.

Party strategists wanted Zuma to be sidelined as quickly as possible to allow the ANC to regroup before campaigning starts for elections in 2019.

The party suffered significant setbacks at municipal polls in 2016 and could be forced into a coalition government at the national level, experts say.

As president, Ramaphosa will have to balance the need to reassure foreign investors and local businesses against the intense popular demand for dramatic measures to address South Africa’s deep problems.

The 65-year-old former trade union leader has said South Africa is coming out of a “period of uncertainty, a period of darkness, and getting into a new phase”.

Richard Calland, an expert in South African politics at the University of Cape Town, said the departure of Zuma from office would give Ramaphosa “the chance to rebuild government and the party at the same time”.

In recent days, the rand has strengthened and many analysts have revised upwards their predictions of South Africa’s economic growth.

Following Zuma’s address on Wednesday night, the ANC immediately closed ranks.

Jessy Duarte, the party’s deputy secretary general, told reporters that the ANC was “not celebrating” at a “very painful moment”.

Duarte said: “Having taken the difficult decision to recall Comrade Zuma, the ANC nonetheless salutes the outstanding contribution he has made and expresses its profound gratitude to him for the role he has played in the ANC over 60 years of loyal service.”

Source: Guardian SA


  1. awa na Moyo Masada

    thank you for having served,don’t mind your enemies even if they rejoice you run your race.retire peacefully.Halala

    • Hummer where it hurts

      So kansi nizoona, you can be stealing everyday for 20years but one day bazakukata.Baba palanganya ba mambala ine manta!..ati niba zu-pta.

  2. Pamusebo

    Our president should act on moral grounds and step down.

  3. Samfya pvt

    That is the only democratic country in the SADC hemisphere

  4. Watson nyeleti

    Thanks president zuma for quiting the possion.the is the best thing you can do.it’s not to Act as such but with respect of humanity you have done.and many leaders around Africa must learn from zuma.be smart in your work when people gave the responsibility to lead.never do things with your own will about with the passion to save the poor people who voted for you.Zambia lean from this.

  5. B.I.G

    Zambia wake

  6. B.I.G

    Zambia Wake up and claim what belongs to you, Mugabe, now Zuma. Who is next kinyata,lungu or kabila? Presidents remember you are not to remain in power forever….. Central African leader’s legacy is becoming untorralable

    • kavombokelvin

      next it comes in Zambia, care full

    • shu shu shu

      Why should Lungu go anywhere? Why do you people want war? We voted for Lungu and we are ready to defend our vote.

  7. Japhan

    African domino effect has started.

  8. Sj

    African leadership is the same every where first there’s disbelief of being rejected before acceptance of reliality that the sweet old days of leadership are finally OVER.
    Older brother Zuma should try to speak to J. Kabila in Congo DR how reliality finally sunk for one to accept defeat. Comment

  9. Mr musowa

    Zambian people now let’s work up its our tym to react we c

    • Such beings like you are not worth to be called humans.

      Such beings like you are not worth to be called humans.

  10. ZODAH

    Comment south africa is south africa this is Zambia my dear plz leave us with our peace and if you to go KU MUKOBEKO DO IT OSA E SA MWANA

  11. KAVOMBO k

    Its right

  12. Mr musowa

    Zambian people now it’s time to work up take another stage not just eat & sleep let’s take action……. fight 4 ur lights to much collapz… Zambians

  13. Wise Damiano

    Zuma retire u have done a great job u left in peace I sarute you

  14. Charlesmicklay

    S.A and Zambia are 2 different countries my dear,it’s one Zambia Nation. Chapwaa……

  15. African

    In that way, you earn more respect than you were to serve any longer than what’s obvious already on the ground. Hats off to President Zuma for even having served. It will be a lie to say actually nothing has been done during your time.

  16. Jk

    Zambian no wonder south Africa is half London not Cholera Zambia and Congo DRC

  17. Charlesmicklay

    Zambia and S/Africa are 2 different countries my dear. It’s one Zambia one Nation, chaapwa

  18. Mpelo saulo

    Change is constant and it will take place some day.


    Iwe ZODAH! Why do you always inerfire other& refer them to MUKOBEKO! when they try to give advice for a beter leadership? how would you feel if they take you there? many people are surffering but you are saying that there is peace in zambia, which zambia? MUKOBEKO means KWIPAYA and where there is KWIPAYA no PEACE can be found. we need reel peace and real christianity in our country one zambia one nation.

  20. Gg

    Yes change is constant ,plize our leaders be advised well. Remember good advice are those caming to the piop you think are your enemies.

  21. FGM

    South Africa has been practicing true democracy since it was democratised in 1994. But Zambian is dogged by greedy and selfishness. No wonder our democracy has failed to grow : Two steps forward, eight steps background. Shame indeed.

  22. Richard

    Lungu, his the next one. he is doing nothing, only but stealing & corruption.

  23. Ray Mulowa

    this is a wake up call to us zambian if we don’t protect what belongs to us then no one who will protect our country.

  24. tutu

    God is going to plan the way lungu wil leave beng a president do wory people of zambia

  25. danger mwila

    we should learn that the party is not for the prsident but for the people and it can have power to dismiss the any one.

  26. Feston

    Sorry man zuma

  27. joseph bweupe

    2021…z nearer na black mountain bali poka

  28. Jay

    Guys Zambia nd south Africa are to different countries don’t do wat other countries are doing if pipo did dat in Zimbabwe nd South Africa nd no life was lost you will end up doing the same in Zambia nd lose many lives let’s wait time for elections will beta if u want change vote Lungu out on the ryt time not now for now it’s Lungu nd no 1 else ngati mufuna muzimangilile

  29. jericho

    Zambia practises primitive politics. South African Democracy has matured so much since it became an independent democratic country, unlike Zambia which was seen as a model of democracy following the reintroduction of multiparty politics in 1990. In Zambia today it’s shocking to see that a law abiding citizen could have his house raided, vandalised and money stolen and later charged with treason by incompetent and barbaric police officers for unknowingly blocking the Presidential motorcade. These politics of hatred and portrayal of hypocritical humility by Lungu will haunt him one day. History has a way of repeating itself. Mark my words! When Mbeki was unceremoniously recalled by ANC for a crime he didn’t commit in 2008. He never resisted but stepped down immediately. Zuma was the Man of the moment. In Zuma’s case, he has been defying ANC orders to step down, for days. He only bowed down to pressure on the eve of vote of no confidence that was due to take place in parliament on Thursday 15 February 2018.

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