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President Jacob Zuma has finally resigned

Pres­i­dent Jacob Zuma told mil­lions of South Africans on nation­al tele­vi­sion on Wednes­day night, he resigned with imme­di­ate effect as head of state.

His res­ig­na­tion fol­lows a mount­ing pres­sure from the African Nation­al Con­gress (ANC), civ­il soci­ety and oppo­si­tion par­ties to step down.

“No life should be lost in my name and ANC should not be divid­ed, not in my name. I have there­fore come to resign as pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of South Africa with imme­di­ate effect,” said Zuma.

Zuma resigned in the 11th hour after weeks of nego­ti­a­tions with the ANC Nation­al Exec­u­tive Coun­cil ask­ing him to step down.

NEC has giv­en him a dead­line to announce his res­ig­na­tion on Wednes­day, or else face a removal through par­lia­men­tary process­es.

On Wednes­day, Nation­al Assem­bly Speak­er Bale­ka Mbete announced that joint Pro­gram­ming Com­mit­tee held an earnest meet­ing, which has con­sent­ed to hold a debate on the Motion of No Con­fi­dence on Pres­i­dent Zuma on Thurs­day.

Speak­er said the Joint Pro­gram­ming Com­mit­tee would like­wise meet again on Thurs­day morn­ing to talk about the coor­di­na­tion of the swear­ing in of the new Pres­i­dent on Fri­day morn­ing before con­vey­ing the State of the Nation Address.

The Motion of No Con­fi­dence was expect­ed to occur at 14:00 on Thurs­day if Pres­i­dent Zuma refused to resign.

The Leader of the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Alliance Mmusi Maimane said he wel­comed Jacob Zuma’s long over­due res­ig­na­tion as Pres­i­dent.

“We cheer with every South African today as the long, excru­ci­at­ing decade of Zuma’s admin­is­tra­tion clos­es,” said Maimane.

Maimane said even in his acqui­es­cence dis­course he declined to assume any lia­bil­i­ty for his activ­i­ties for dev­as­tat­ing the nation.

“He should now con­front the 783 crim­i­nal accu­sa­tions as yet antic­i­pat­ing him under the steady gaze of the Courts. There can be no abso­lu­tion or resis­tance for Zuma,” said Maimane.

There were over half a dozen Motions of No Con­fi­dence across almost 1000 days where the ANC had oppor­tu­ni­ties to rid South Africa of Jacob Zuma and his tox­ic cor­rupt web.

“He must now face the 783 crim­i­nal charges still await­ing him before the Courts. There can be no amnesty or immu­ni­ty for Zuma,” said Maimane.

“Now that the ANC has done what they should have done almost three years ago, we expect the 783 charges await­ing him to be pros­e­cut­ed and for jus­tice to pre­vail,” said Maimane,

Zuma built a deep sys­tem of cor­rup­tion that has pen­e­trat­ed every part of the gov­ern­ment and the crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion sys­tem.

These crim­i­nal net­works run deep, and will not be easy to uproot. It will take more than talk of a New Deal.

“After get­ting rid of Zuma, the ANC must show seri­ous intent to rid itself of oth­er cor­rupt indi­vid­u­als, like David Mabuza, Ace Mag­a­shule, Pule Mabe and many oth­ers,” added Maimane.


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