Video of Jacob Zuma’s short resignation speech as ANC Welcomes move
London, Feb. 14, 2018 (AltAfrika)-After weeks of speculation and intense pressure from the leadership of African National Congress ANC, Jacob Zuma has resigned as the president of South Africa, after nearly nine years in power.
On Monday the National Executive Committee held a marathon emergency meeting, where it was decided that Zuma would be recalled. On Wednesday the ANC caucus also announced that they would support a motion of no confidence if Zuma did not resign before midnight. Zuma responded shortly after in an exclusive SABC interview.
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Meanwhile the ANC on Thursday night accepted President Jacob Zuma’s resignation as head of state.
Speaking shortly after the resignation, deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte said Zuma’s decision to resign was consistent with his organisation.
“This decision by President Zuma is consistent with what he had said earlier today that he has never and will never defy his organisation, the African National Congress.”
Duarte said Zuma had reaffirmed his commitment to the principles, practices and character of the movement.
While the party accepted that Zuma was not perfect, it saluted and thanked him for his outstanding constitution.
“While we acknowledge errors and mistakes that were committed, President Zuma leaves a legacy of delivery in many critical areas.”
Duarte thanked Zuma for having served the country in his capacity in the last nine years.
“While we accept the resignation of President Zuma, we reiterate that our decision to impose a recall was taken only after exhaustive discussions on the impact such a recall would have on the country, the ANC and the functioning of government.”