Prime News, International, Johannesburg, February 15:- South African President Jacob Zuma, who survived a string of corruption scandals and harsh court judgments during his nearly nine-year presidency, has quit finally after intense pressure from the ruling African National Congress (ANC).
Deputy President and ANC’s new leader Cyril Ramaphosa is now the acting President until the National Assembly elects a new President, reports said.
Despite an earlier show of defiance, Zuma announced his resignation in a 30-minute farewell address to the nation on late Wednesday, just an hour before the deadline set for him by the ANC, in an effort to avoid dividing the party. Zuma said he was resigning even though he disagreed with the ANC’s decision.
-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)