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Zuma resigns amid ANC decision to recall him

When the Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete, confirmed receipt of Jacob Zuma’s resignation on Thursday morning, it was the end of an era. This was an official confirmation that Zuma was no longer President of South Africa. 
He made a public announcement of his resignation on Wednesday night after his party that deployed him - the African National Congress (ANC) – took a decision to recall him from the position. 
It was almost a given on Thursday that Cyril Ramaphosa – the new ANC President who’s been Zuma’s Deputy in government – was going to be elected the new South African president. 
Mbete said he thanked Zuma “for his service to the people of South Africa in the last eight years and wishes him well”.
“I resign as President of the Republic with immediate effect, even  though I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organization. I have always been a disciplined member of the organization. As I leave, I will continue to serve the people of South Africa as well as the ANC,” he said in his resignation statement televised late on Wednesday night.
Zuma said he would not like to be remembered as a leader who caused divisions within the governing party or the one who led to loss of life. He added that the recent protests outside Luthuli House, which called for him to resign, had caused huge embarrassment. 
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I will not disappoint - Ramaphosa

South Africa’s new President, Cyril Ramaphosa, will
deliver his first State of the Nation Address (SONA)
on Friday evening at a joint sitting of the National
Assembly and National Council of Provinces.
Ramaphosa was elected unopposed on Thursday
afternoon to replace Jacob Zuma, who resigned
from office on Wednesday night.
The SONA was postponed from Thursday 8 February
when it became clear that the governing African
National Congress (ANC) did not want Zuma to deliver
it and preferred that he resigns first.
The SONA will take place at 7pm from Parliament
in Cape Town.
Ramaphosa sought to assure MPs of his cooperation
and listening ear as he expressed how “humbled” he was “to be given this great privilege of leading our
people. This for me is a truly humbling occasion”.
He continued: “One of the things I will be seeking
to do is to have an opportunity to work with all political
parties and will start it off with wanting to have a
meeting with leaders of all political parties so that we
can find a way of working together. I will do all these
as a servant of our people because I do believe that
when one is appointed to this position you become a
servant of the people”.
After Ramaphosa’s election on Thursday, ANC
Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu, said the party wa...read more