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.
Former President Jacob Zuma has resigned as President of South Africa with immediate effect. #ZumaResigns https://t.co/mjOBenZm3l— Mbaliyezwe Ndlela (@Mbaliyezwe Ndlela)1518643406.0
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.
#ZumaResigns | After weeks of speculation, Jacob Zuma has resigned as the president of South Africa. He has had a r… https://t.co/UC9x1YayFa— News24 (@News24)1518642641.0
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.
This is big news!!! Getting a haircut In LA and people are asking me if the Zuma news is true and how we feel about… https://t.co/u24yst8210— R.M Phoolo (@R.M Phoolo)1518643087.0
Archbishop Desmond Tutu right now... #ZumaResigns https://t.co/4RWrLjdVSz— PEARL THUSI (@PEARL THUSI)1518642827.0
It saddens me to think that the only moment of integrity shown by Jacob Zuma was in the last minute of his presidency. #ZumaResigns— NINA HASTIE (@NINA HASTIE)1518642846.0
It's about bloody time 😒#ZumaResigns https://t.co/uO9aAGbfen— Patricia JulyMa7 (@Patricia JulyMa7)1518644238.0
Former President Jacob Zuma has resigned hallelujah!! Now waiting for Museveni to do the same. #ZumaResigns https://t.co/c7bcKMiH8G— Mike Kamoi🇰🇪 (@Mike Kamoi🇰🇪)1518643894.0
#ZumaResigns A rare footage of destruction boys after resigning. https://t.co/TA21vzRtZs— Richy🇿🇦 (@Richy🇿🇦)1518644642.0