Jacob Zuma has resigned as South African President.
Mr. Zuma at a press conference on Thursday said his resignation takes immediate effect.
The 75-year-old has recently come under serious criticism by his party, the African National Congress (ANC).
His decision comes as a surprise to many as he had declared a few hours to his press conference in an SABC interview that he will not yield to pressures to resign if he is not furnished with reasons for the resignation calls.
“I indicated to the top six [of the ANC] that what they have raised is not the first time. They have raised it in the NEC 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 told the SABC’s Mzwandile Mbeje.
“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.
But addressing the news conference later, Jacob Zuma said although he does not agree with the decision of the party to demand his resignation, he will take resign as a disciplined member.
“I 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 organisation,” Zuma said.