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7 Unbelievable Reasons Why Jacob Zuma Resigned

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Written by Faith Vincent

WHEN Jacob Zuma resigned as South Africa’s president on Valentine’s Day in a late-night televised address, his countrymen could scarcely believe he was going at last. South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned after intense pressure from his own party. In a televised live address to the nation he said he had to accept the ruling ANC party’s wishes for him to leave office a day before a no confidence motion was set to bring his nine-year tenure to a premature end. Below are 7 Unbelievable Reasons Why Jacob Zuma Resign.

Jacob Zuma

JACOB ZUMA – 7 Unbelievable Reasons Why Jacob Zuma Resign

7. The ANC had told him to step down or face a vote of no confidence in parliament. In a televised statement he said he was quitting with immediate effect but said he disagreed with his ANC party’s decision. The 75-year-old has been facing calls to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC’s new leader.

6. Mr. Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption. Earlier on Wednesday, police swooped on the Johannesburg home of the powerful and wealthy Gupta family with whom Mr. Zuma has close ties.

5. The party’s national executive committee ordered his recall from office on Tuesday, after a 13-hour meeting at a hotel outside Pretoria. ANC officials had said that if Zuma did not resign on Wednesday, the party’s lawmakers in the Cape Town parliament would vote out Zuma on Thursday.

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4. His resignation ended a 30-minute speech in his second television appearance of the day, in which the 75-year-old said he still disagreed with the way the ANC had shoved him towards an early exit after the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as party president in December. “I have served the people of South Africa to the best of my ability. I am forever grateful they trusted me with their highest office of the land,” Mr Zuma said.

At his earlier television appearance he had said he didn’t know why South Africa’s ruling party had ordered him to step down from his job before his term is up next year, and warned that the leaders forcing him out would come to regret their actions. “It’s the first time I’ve felt an African National Congress decision is not right,” the long-time ANC member and anti-apartheid struggle veteran said in a televised interview on the public broadcaster on Wednesday. “I don’t think it is fair.”

3. During the interview, he had rebuked the party’s top six, including party president Cyril Ramaphosa and described the decision to recall him as “baseless and without fact”. Zuma accused the party leaders of failing to give him reasons for why he should step down. Zuma had refused to voluntarily resign, instead demanding to stay in office until June. His demands were rejected by the ANC’s national executive committee, which held a 13-hour long meeting that ended in the early hours of Tuesday morning with the decision that Zuma should be recalled.

It forced the ANC to take the unprecedented step of agreeing to support a motion of no confidence tabled by the EFF against its own president. In the past, the party had described voting with the opposition as “the worst betrayal”. Ironically, Zuma who was found to have failed to uphold the country’s Constitution by the Constitutional Court in the Nkandla matter, referred to the Constitution repeatedly during his resignation speech.

2. Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, has resigned after days of defying orders from the ruling African National Congress to leave office and on the eve of a no-confidence vote in parliament. In a televised address to the nation late on Wednesday, the 75-year-old said he was a disciplined member of the ANC, to which he had dedicated his life. “I fear no motion of no confidence or impeachment … I will continue to serve the people of South Africa and the ANC. I will dedicate my life to continuing to work for the execution of the policies of our organisation,” Zuma said.

The resignation ended an extraordinary day in South African politics, which had begun with a dawn raid on a business family at the centre of the recent corruption allegations levelled at Zuma. At noon, ANC officials announced they would vote for an opposition party’s no-confidence motion in parliament on Thursday. Late in the afternoon, Zuma gave an angry and rambling TV interview to justify his refusal to obey his own party’s order to step down.

1. Zuma in his resignation speech said division and violence in the ruling party influenced his resignation. In particular, I make reference to the much publicized and awaited decision of the African National Congress issued on 13 February 2018. It is now public knowledge that the National Executive Committee of the ANC resolved to recall me as the President of the Republic.

I have also learned that, before I respond to the initial decision, a new decision has been made by the ANC, whose effect is that I have now been compelled to resign by way of a motion of no confidence, set down for tomorrow, 15 February 2018. The ANC is indeed the party on whose nomination I became a candidate for the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa after its victory of the national elections of 2014. It was on the ANC’s nomination that I was later elected by the majority in the National Assembly as the President of the Republic.

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