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Jacob Zuma Has Officially Resigned

The president of South Africa announced his resignation in a televised address on Wednesday.

The time has finally come.

After weeks of tireless speculation, Jacob Zuma has officially resigned his post as president of the South Africa. He addressed the nation in a televised speech on Wednesday, reports BBC Africa.


"I have served the people of South Africa to the best of my ability," he said during his address. "As I leave I will continue to serve the people of South Africa as well as the ANC, the organization I have served all of my life in," he said later in his speech.

Zuma, who took office in 2009, had been urged by his own party, the ANC to resign immediately earlier in the week or risk facing a vote of no confidence.

The party released a statement on Wednesday, saying that Zuma stepping down has brought "certainty to the people of South Africa.

His presidency has been rife with scandal, and corruption. A graphic from News 24 calculates the number of scandals, motions of no confidence, finance ministers and more during his almost 10 year presidency, view it below.

Many South Africans have been waiting for this day, and are using humor to share their excitement about the news on social media. Zuma has finally fallen.

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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