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Jacob Zuma resignation is good for political stability in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) -- The resignation of Jacob Zuma as President of South Africa on late Wednesday is good for political stability and consequently economic development in the country, an local expert said.

In an interview with Xinhua late Wednesday night, Ricky Mukanyaradzi Mukonza, Senior Lecturer at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Public Management, said the African National Congress (ANC) is the governing party and stability in the party gives a picture certainty in both the political and economic environment.

Zuma’s continued stay as President of the South Africa hurts the country because his tenure has been perceived to be littered with allegations of corruption and other forms of mal-governance and this does not create an environment to attract investors, he added.

Zuma faces an uncertain future considering that he is likely to be taken to court on various cases that are hanging over his head, the expert added.

The new president is expected to rebuild the image of the South African government, especially on issues relating to corruption, said Mukonza.

Zuma resigned Wednesday evening as president under the pressure of the ruling party ANC.

"The ANC should never be divided in my name.

"I have therefore come to the decision to resign," Zuma said on Wednesday evening at Union Building in a 30-minute farewell address to the nation.


South African President Jacob Zuma resigns amid pressure

JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) -- South African President Jacob Zuma resigned Wednesday evening under the pressure of the ruling party African National Congress (ANC).

Despite an earlier show of defiance, Zuma announced his resignation to the nation just an hour before the deadline set for him by the ANC, in an effort to avoid dividing the party.

"The ANC should never be divided in my name.

"I have therefore come to the decision to resign," Zuma said on Wednesday evening at Union Building in a 30-minute farewell address to the nation.

"No life should be lost in my name and also the ANC should never be divided in my name.

"I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect even though I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organisation; I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC," he said.

He said he wished to be removed in line with the constitution.

"I must accept that if my party and my compatriots wish that I be removed from office, they must exercise that right and do so in the matter prescribed in the manner of the Constitution," he said.

"I fear no motion of no confidence or impeachment, for they are the lawful mechanisms for the people of this beautiful country to remove their president," Zuma said.

Zuma apologised to the nation for the errors committed during his term in office.

Speaking in Zulu in his address, he said he believed he had performed the task given to him by the country, but where he had erred, "may I please be forgiven."

He said he would continue to serve the party and the country even after he resigned as the top leader.

"As I leave, I will continue to serve the people of South Africa as well as the organisation I have served all my life.

"I will dedicate all my energy to work towards the attainment of the policies of our organisations, in particular the radical economic transformation agenda," he added.

Zuma’s resignation ended two weeks of upheaval in the ruling party in which he had refused to step down after being asked to do so by the ANC’s leadership.

The ANC, which replaced Zuma as party leader in December with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, ordered him to step down as president on Tuesday over curruption allegations against Zuma.

Ramaphosa is now acting president, and he will be sworn in as president either Thursday or Friday.

South Africa President Zuma, in TV interview, says disagrees to resign

JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) -- South African President Jacob Zuma, in an exclusive interview with South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Wednesday, said he disagreed with the ruling party decision for him to resign.

Zuma broke his silence when pressure to resign mounts on him as he spoke to the SABC from Union Building in Pretoria.

He said the effort to remove him by the African National Congress, the ruling party, was "unfair", and demanded reasons why he must resign and maintained he did nothing wrong.

"It was very unfair to me that this issue is raised ...

"Nobody has ever provided the reasons.

"Nobody is saying what I have done," he said in the interview.

"I indicated to the top six (ANC leaders) that what they have raised is not the first time.

"They have raised it in the NEC (National Executive Committee) itself twice and nobody has ever been able to tell me what the issue is.

"The NEC themselves said that I must resign, and I find that very strange that I should do so because this is not the first time that they’ve said this," Zuma said.

"It’s not a new matter, I need to be furnished with what is it that I have done and unfortunately nobody has been able to tell me what is it that I’ve done.

"There are processes in the ANC that need to be followed if I have been doing something wrong," he said.

Zuma believes he was being victimized by the ANC.

"I am being victimized here," Zuma said after he went into details as to what the discussions were between him, Ramaphosa and the ANC leadership.

Zuma said it was the first time he felt the leadership of the ANC was unfair.

Zuma told the broadcaster that he met the top six but they had not told him what he had done wrong.

While expressing his disagreement to resign, Zuma says he is not defying the decision by the leadership of the ruling party.

Zuma said that he is going to make a statement later Wednesday on the matter.

The South Africa Parliament will on Thursday discuss a vote of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma.

This was confirmed by the speaker of Parliament on Wednesday in a statement.

Vote of no confidence against South African president to be held Thursday

JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) -- The South Africa Parliament will on Thursday discuss a vote of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma.

This was confirmed by the speaker of Parliament on Wednesday in a statement.

The motion had originally been scheduled for February 22.

The speaker of parliament said that she has written to the leader of the EFF Julius Malema informing him of the change of dates.

The no confidence vote will be on Thursday at 1400 hours.

Zuma was recalled by the ruling party, African National Congress on Tuesday.

The ANC stated that they cannot allow Zuma to continue ruling the country for the next 3-6 months which he had requested.

In a televised interview Wednesday, Zuma said he is being victimized and recalled without being given some reason why that has to happen.

As for the EFF’s request for the vote on the motion to be conducted by means of secret ballot, Mbete has determined that voting would be by open ballot.

Section 57 of the Constitution, 1996, directs the National Assembly to conduct its business, among others, with due regard to representative and participatory democracy, accountability and transparency.

Mbete said in her letter that she believed that this decision strengthens Parliament’s efficiency in its oversight of the Executive.

The ruling party had defended Zuma on several occasions on the no confidence vote.

It is expected that this time they will vote with the opposition to remove Jacob Zuma. The ruling party gave Zuma until Wednesday to respond to the recall.

On Wednesday the party said they are still waiting for his response.

In a statement, ANC spokesperson, Pule Mabe said they have noted Zuma’s interview with the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

Mabe said, "President Zuma has affirmed that he has not defied the ANC however does not agree with the decision.

In addition, the President Zuma committed to deliver a statement in response to this decision later today (Wednesday).

The African National Congress will await delivery of this response by President Zuma."

Also on Wednesday, ANC Treasurer-General Paul Mashatile said after an ANC caucus meeting in Parliament that the party’s MPs would support the EFF’s motion of no confidence against Zuma.


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