BREAKING NEWS: PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA RESIGNS
Written by: Shanice Pillay
“… I have therefore come to the decision to resign as President of the Republic with immediate effect,” says former President Jacob Gedleyehlekisa Zuma in his resignation letter read on the 14th February 2018.
After two terms in office, numerous scandals and being recalled eight times, Zuma’s reign has come to an end.
He started from humble beginnings in iNkandla, he had no formal education and was raised by his widowed mother. At the age of 17 he joined the struggle against apartheid.
Little did he know that he would rise to be one of South Africa’s president.
He was sentenced to ten years alongside former President Nelson Mandela, for conspiring to overthrow the government. After his release, he moved to Mozambique and then Zambia and slowly moved up the ranks to the executive committee in the African National Congress (ANC).
He gained favor from the unions, as people saw him as the people’s president.
Leading up to his 2009 elections, he was already fighting charges against rape and corruption. But South Africa still chose him as the next president … one who plunged South Africa into a state of darkness, according to BBC News Africa.
Since his presidency, the unemployment rate has risen to 28%, and numerous protests have taken place regarding service delivery such as, health, housing and education.
The source also stated that in 2005 he was charged with corruption over multi-billion dollar 1999 arms deal. Charges dropped shortly before he became president in 2009. He was also charged with allegedly raping a family friend. However, he was acquitted in 2006.
In 2016, the court ruled he breached his oath of office by using government money to upgrade his private home in iNkandla – he has repaid some of the money.
In 2017 the public protector said that he should appoint a judge-led inquiry into allegations he profited from his relationship with the wealthy Gupta family – allegations which both Zuma and the Guptas denied.
“Even though I disagree with the decision of the Leadership of my organization, 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 my life. I will dedicate all my energy towards the attainment of the policies of our organisation, in particular the Radical Economic Transformation agenda,” says Zuma.