South African President Jacob Zuma, in a televised address to the nation, said he will resign from his position "with immediate effect."
"I have...come to the decision to resign as the president of the republic with immediate effect," Zuma said Wednesday.
According to News24, the scandal-tainted leader said he has resigned despite his disagreement with the instruction of the ruling African National Congress party to leave office immediately. The ANC had been prepared to pursue a vote of no confidence in parliament on Thursday.
“I must accept that if my party and my compatriots wish that I be removed from office they must exercise that right and do so in the manner prescribed by the constitution. I fear no motion of no confidence or impeachment,” Zuma said in his address, according to News24.