By Christian Smith
The President of South Africa has resigned after intense pressure from his party.
Jacob Zuma,75, was given an ultimatum from senior leaders of the African National Congress, ANC to step down before the end of today, or face a vote of no confidence on Thursday.
In his resignation statement, the 75-year-old who has lead South Africa since 2009, said: “I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the Republic with immediate effect.”
He stated that “Even though I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organisation, I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC.”
“As I leave, I will continue to serve the people of South Africa as well as the ANC, the organisation I have served all of my life in it.”
The leader of the ANC and Mr Zuma’s deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa will be sworn in by the Chief Justice as the next President.