PRETORIA: President of South Africa Jacob Zuma resigned from the post late on Wednesday, ending a nine-year of controversial rule.
Zuma was forced to step down by his own ruling African National Congress (ANC), due to corruption scandals, economic slowdown and falling popularity.
Former African president announced to resign in a televised address to the nation, saying that he had “come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect”.
Jacob opted out in a bid to avoid a no-confidence vote in parliament by his own ANC party. The no-confidence vote was due on Thursday.
“No life should be lost in my name. And also the ANC should not be divided in my name,” Zuma said in his address.
His resignation came just hours after police raided the luxury home of the Gupta family, Indian-born billionaire allies of the president who have been at the centre of corruption allegations against Zuma and his circle for years. Zuma and the Guptas have always denied being involved in corruption.