Can the new president unite his party and fight long‐entrenched graft?President Jacob Zuma announced his immediate resignation on February 14th after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party threatened to eject him from office via a parliamentary vote of no confidence.Scandal‐tainted Zuma said in a 30‐minute national television address that he had “come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect”.“I have served the people of South Africa to the best of my ability. I am forever grateful that they trusted me with the highest office in the land,” he said.Zuma, whose reputation has been stained by years‐long allegations of graft, had been instructed to step down by the ANC.He complained about the process, saying: “I don't fear exiting political office; however I have only asked my party to articulate my transgressions and the reason for its instructions that I vacate office.” (BBC Monitoring 14/2 2018)Zuma has long been at loggerheads with deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, the new head of the ANC, who was chosen to succeed Zuma as president the following day. Behind the scenes, pressure from the ANC for Zuma to step down had been intensifying.On February 4th, the ANC's “Top Six”
Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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