HEADLINE South African President Zuma has resigned

HEADLINE

South African President Zuma has resigned

By Li Zhiwei | People's Daily app

06:28, February 15, 2018

image.png

image.png

South African President Jacob Zuma announced he would resign from office on February 14, 2018. Photo: Reuters
Johannesburg (People’s Daily) - South African President Jacob Zuma has resigned, according to local media.
Zuma announced his resignation Wednesday night during a 30-minute telelvised address from the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa.
"I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect. While I disagree with the leadership, I have always been a loyal cadre," said Zuma.
"Even though I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organization, I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC," he said.
Zuma's statement comes after the ANC gave him an ultimatum to resign or be recalled in a letter delivered by the party's Secretary General Ace Magashule on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the ruling party ANC announced that their MPs would vote with opposition parties in support of a motion of no confidence against Zuma and that the Speaker of Parliament had agreed to move the motion, which was originally scheduled to be debated next week, to Thursday.
ANC gave Zuma until midnight on Wednesday to respond to the recall letter. Otherwise, the debate on the motion of no confidence will commence on Thursday afternoon.
"I don't fear a no confidence vote or impeachment, President Jacob Zuma said. "I'm not clinging to power, I just  wanted to the respect for the rule of law and my rights," he said.

Related Stories

Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

We have updated our privacy policy to comply with the latest laws and regulations. The updated policy explains the mechanism of how we collect and treat your personal data. You can learn more about the rights you have by reading our terms of service. Please read them carefully. By clicking AGREE, you indicate that you have read and agreed to our privacy policies

Agree and continue