“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 South Africa with immediate effect,” the words of Jacob Zuma, the embattled leader of South Africa since 2009.
Zuma was on the brink of being kicked out of office via a vote of no confidence scheduled for Thursday as the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and opposition lawmakers rallied against his continued stay in office.
The ANC recalled Zuma as president to pave way for his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa to assume the post ahead of elections due for 2019. Zuma on Wednesday responded to the recall by saying he needed to be given explanations on why he was being recalled. He also accused the party of forcing him to resign despite being a law-abiding member.