As soon as Ramaphosa had defeated Dlamini-Zuma
, a protege of President Zuma
, he understood that he could not wait for too long before he completely finished off his opposition that was still lurking within, as long as Zuma
remained the president, hence giving Ramaphosa's enemies succour and room to destabilise his hard-won party presidency.
Some sections of South African society have reduced the Zuma
problem to a corruption problem.
remained defiant that afternoon, declaring there was "nothing I've done wrong" and warning that supporters could take to the streets.
is gone, announcing his resignation Wednesday, and Ramaphosa was elected Thursday to replace him as president.
, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption.
Ramaphosa on Thursday was elected unopposed as South Africa's new president by ruling party legislators after the Wednesday resignation of Jacob Zuma
I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect," said Mr Zuma
, who added that he took the decision even though he disagreed with the ruling party's demand that he quit.
Cape Town [South Africa], Feb 15 ( ANI ): In an address to South Africa, President Jacob Zuma
has announced his resignation ahead of Thursday's no-confidence votes.
If Mr Zuma
refuses to co-operate, the matter could go to parliament for a motion of no confidence vote.
The decision by the ruling party's national executive came in the early hours of the morning, after 13 hours of tense deliberations and one face-to-face meeting between Zuma
and his presumed successor, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.
Legal experts said that although Zuma
was technically fired, the NEC cannot fire him.
The decision by the African National Congress's (ANC) national executive followed 13 hours of tense deliberations and one face-to-face meeting between Zuma
and his presumed successor, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, Reuters reported.