Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s embattled president, has announced his resignation in a televised address to the nation.
“I have to come to decision to resign with immediate effect,” he said on Wednesday in Pretoria.
In a long speech, Mr Zuma at first didn’t make clear whether he intended to go. However he eventually confirmed he would quit with immediate effect.
“No life should be lost in my name. The ANC should never been divided in my name. I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the Republic with immediate effect,” he said. “Although I disagree with the decision of the membership I have always been a disciplined member.”
South Africa’s Constitutional Court ruled last December that parliament had failed to hold Zuma accountable over the alleged use of state funds to upgrade his rural home in Nkandla.