…Ramaphosa to step in as President of South Africa
The raging corruption allegation over the Jacob Zuma has finally forced him to resign as president of South Africa with immediate effect.
The resignation of Mr Zuma was announced via the state television Wednesday night.
This is coming a day after he was rejected by his party, the African National Congress, on corruption allegations and his connection to the Gupta family in South Africa.
The party also gave Mr. Zuma until Wednesday night to resign or a vote of no confidence motion would be brought against him on Thursday to remove him from office though he initiatially put some resistance even with the raid on homes of his associates,the Gupta family in Johannesburg.
Mr. Zuma is likely to be succeeded by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has already emerged the new leader of the ANC.
The Guptas, who have been named in a series of corruption probes, are said to be associates of Mr. Zuma, who has led South Africa since 2009.
According to he ANC’s Treasurer-General, Paul Mashatile, on Wednesday the party is starting “a new era.”
“The conference of ANC has created new hope. Our people want to see change. We want to go with renewal,” Mr. Mashatile said.
A new President may emerge Thursday as the parliament following the exit of Zuma.
Mr Zuma said he stepped down to avoid violence and further division within the ANC.
“No life should be lost in my name and also the ANC should never be divided in my name,” Mr. Zuma said. “I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect.”
“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,” he added.
Meanwhile the ANC has issued a statement saying Mr Zuma’s resignation provided “certainty to the people of South Africa”.
You may recall that Mr Zuma is an award receipient from Imo State and a street named after him in Owerri alongside a statue in the state.