JACOB ZUMA RESIGNS AS SOUTH AFRICA'S PRESIDENT

Alexander Flores
Alexander Flores

Jacob Zuma resigns as South Africa’s president, ending standoff with ruling party

CAPE TOWN — South Africa’s embattled president, Jacob Zuma, resigned on Wednesday, putting an end to a period of scandal and mismanagement that threatened to destroy the party of Nelson Mandela.

Zuma’s resignation leaves his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, as the country’s acting leader, and a man now charged with salvaging the legacy of Africa’s most famous liberation movement. Zuma was once revered as a hero of that movement, who served as a political prisoner alongside Mandela in his youth. But Zuma’s nine years in power, marred by a string of corruption allegations, drove even party loyalists away from the once seemingly indefatigable African National Congress (ANC).

But to many here, the most destructive aspect of Zuma’s legacy was his failure to deliver on the promises of post-apartheid South Africa. Twenty-four years after Mandela rose to power, promising a (((rainbow nation))) of shared prosperity, South Africa remains one of the world’s most unequal countries, with many blacks living in conditions much like those they endured under the white nationalist government. Under intense pressure from the ruling African National Congress party, Zuma said his decision was spurred by altercations that had taken place outside the party headquarters in Johannesburg in recent days.

“No life should be lost in my name, and also the ANC should never be divided in my name,” the 75-year-old head of state said in a televised statement in Pretoria. “I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect, even though I disagree with the leadership of my organization,” he said. “I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC.” The resignation came one day after ANC ordered him to step down or face a vote of no confidence in Parliament. It ends a long week of limbo for many South Africans as the ANC has tried to persuade Zuma to resign and renew South Africans’ faith in the party.

Zuma was South Africa’s fourth president since the end of apartheid, the harsh racial-segregation policy that stripped rights from the black majority. Born poor, Zuma taught himself to read and write and joined the anti-apartheid ANC at age 17. He eventually became a member of its armed wing in 1962 and was part of a group of dozens of activists convicted of trying to overthrow the white-minority government. He served 10 years in the infamous Robben Island prison with Mandela and other ANC leaders.

To his critics, the president’s early departure — his term as head of state was not up until national elections next year — marks the end of a frustrating era in which the nation drifted and Zuma’s name became nearly synonymous with the use of the public office for personal gain. Many South Africans hope Ramaphosa, should South Africa’s parliament elect him as the nation’s next president this week as expected, will put South Africa on a new path, taking on corruption and restoring the reputation of Africa’s oldest liberation movement.

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Michael Powell
Michael Powell

In his statement, Zuma reiterated comments he made earlier in the day in a televised interview that he did not agree with his party’s decision to order him out of office, nor had he been told why he had to leave. “I do not fear exiting political office,” he said. “However I have only asked my party to articulate my transgressions and the reason for its immediate instruction that I vacate office.” Despite announcing their decision to recall Zuma on Tuesday, ANC officials have been reticent about why they think he should resign, in an apparent reluctance to broach the matter of the numerous corruption scandals he has been embroiled in.

During the interview, Zuma stated repeatedly that he did not agree with his party’s decision to order him out of office before his term is up next year, saying it was not in keeping with party’s tradition. He warned that infighting among leaders in the governing party could end in violence on the streets between ANC supporters who disagree with one another. “The manner in which you remove the president is a very serious matter . . . you don’t force people,” Zuma said. “I think we are being plunged in a crisis that I’m sure my comrades, my leaders will regret. Some people may not like this, may feel something is wrong.”

As he spoke, a clock in the corner of the television screen on the eNCA news channel counted down the hours, minutes and seconds to the deadline the party has given him to resign. The stunning standoff between Zuma and his party is the culmination of a long-simmering battle over the leader’s future after nearly a decade in power. Increasingly, Zuma has been pummeled by graft scandals and complaints about the government’s inability to turn around a sagging economy.

“The ball is in [Zuma’s] court,” Paul Mashatile, the ANC’s treasurer general, said at a briefing after the party meeting. “We can’t wait. It’s not fair to South Africans, not fair to the ANC, not fair to anybody. Everything has come to a standstill. We need to be able to move.” Party officials said Wednesday that the ANC wanted to act quickly to vote Ramaphosa in as president and have him deliver the State of the Nation address Friday. “We cannot continue to be in a state of limbo,” ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu said. “We need to get Ramaphosa elected as president and everything will flow from there.”

For years, Zuma has outmaneuvered his detractors, and ANC parliamentarians have backed their leader in votes to unseat him in parliament. But support for Zuma has eroded since Ramaphosa replaced him as party leader in December. Even longtime allies who staunchly supported Zuma for years also demanded that he step down. Early Wednesday, an elite police unit raided a Johannesburg compound belonging to the wealthy Gupta family, accused of colluding with Zuma. The raid was interpreted by some as a warning for Zuma to act soon.

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Robert Thomas
Robert Thomas

posting actual happenings in CY+3
putting effort into OP
Just what the fuck do you think you're doing here

Joseph Gray
Joseph Gray

pics and story from
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Nicholas James
Nicholas James

Likelihood of violence?

Ryder Murphy
Ryder Murphy

Likelihood of violence?
South Africa

<+100% chance

Dominic Rogers
Dominic Rogers

And on the exact same day that Morgan Tsvangirai (leader of the opposition DNC faction in Zimbabwe, then toothless PM under comedy goldmine Mugabe) dies. Yes, Tsvangirai had galloping colon cancer, and has since 2016, but there are no coincidences in the timing of these things.

Lincoln Robinson
Lincoln Robinson

True, to clarify, I meant factional violence rather than the usual banditry and rapine.

Jose Barnes
Jose Barnes

Possibly to stoke a new wave of refugees to the west?

Benjamin Bennett
Benjamin Bennett

The new president is just as anti-white as the previous one. Race war soon, lads.

Aaron Rogers
Aaron Rogers

south africa is about to run out of water
how the fuck did they manage to fuck up this bad?

Julian Wilson
Julian Wilson

Posting libshit commentaries here on Holla Forums, unedited, unmemed.

Fuck off Zog we don't take press releases.

Carter Adams
Carter Adams

Niggers

Logan Foster
Logan Foster

The Afrikaners are arming up and these niggers won't be taking shit from anyone when they're all dying of thirst. Add that to a likely nuclear power plant meltdown due to simple nigger incompetence.

Dylan Morgan
Dylan Morgan

South Africa has a nuclear power plant
with a drought coming in a few months
Absolutely nothing wrong could come from this.

Joshua Cruz
Joshua Cruz

So Emmerson Mnangagwa can now rule his country almost unopposed.

Xavier Young
Xavier Young

The fucking anglo on the radio just put on a song to celebrate "the new new south africa". This DJ is the kike puppet that was brought in 2 weeks after they tried to hire a nog for the job. The nog was too incompetent to run a radio show.

It's not enough that 9 out of 10 people in this country is a literal nigger. Now these sad excuses for humans are just like them. They are physically unable to remember that their new favourite nog was the one sucking the chrome of mining companies' trailer hitch when the marikana massacre happened. They sure as fuck can't remember that it was zuma that replaced the democratically elected thabo mbeki in a similar manner, not 10 years ago.

Eish bas. Ek es ook fokkon hotkop.

Guess I should not be surprised. Anglos must go.

Malema is the only one with media visibility not buying it. I have no words.

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Luis Gonzalez
Luis Gonzalez

So south africa is rekt. Jewish colony same as Ukraine now. They jewed another country

Evan Martinez
Evan Martinez

we will see literal glow in the dark niggers within our lifetime

Sebastian Gray
Sebastian Gray

Zuma’s resignation leaves his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, as the country’s acting leader, and a man now charged with salvaging the legacy of Africa’s most famous liberation movement.
Resignation or coup when?

Blake Butler
Blake Butler

building a nuclear power plant in a country that already had a nigger majority
never go full retard

Evan Davis
Evan Davis

replacing one nigger with another
expecting things to change