Jacob Zuma, the President of South Africa has resigned. This news comes in a few days after he defied the order instigated by ANC, his political party. Zuma told the press that he has come to the decision to step down following pressure from the party. Zuma’s resignation comes in shortly after ANC’s decision to take a step in calling for a vote of no-confidence.
Reasons for Stepping Down
His reign as president was marked by a series of controversies including corruption, rape charges, economic recession, disastrous employment rates and family investigations. In his statement, Zuma insisted that no lives should continue to be lost under his regime hence his decision to step down immediately.
Jacob Zuma has been the president of South Africa since 2009. He was first elected as the leader of the African National Congress in 2007 and has been chairing major decision-making since then.
Additional Reasons for Resigning
In 2012, reports indicated that South Africa was grappling in economic turmoil and a weakening state of institutions thanks to partisan appointments. Under Zuma’s reign, there were attacks on freedom of expression with ANC trying to throw the media into blackout. These situations raised serious concerns regarding Zuma’s commitment to protect his people.
Other Leaders’ Reactions
Perhaps these series of events have contributed to Zuma’s resignation. Leaders from different parts of the world have reacted differently to this matter. Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya’s president, tweeted a message saluting Zuma for stepping down. His Tweet read, “My brother, we salute for you for the role you played in fostering our relationship with South Africans, we wish you the best in your next line of leadership.” Uhuru added that ANC has reminded the world of what a strong, political party is made of.