SKY News | Published — 21:15, UK, Wednesday 14 February 2018
Embattled South African president Jacob Zuma has said he is resigning “with immediate effect”.
In a press conference, Zuma said he was did not “fear exiting political office” after facing a no-confidence motion from his party, the African National Congress (ANC).
“I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the Republic with immediate effect, even though I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organisation,” he said.
“I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC.
“As I leave. I will continue to serve the people of South Africa as well as the ANC, the organisation I have served all of my life in it.”
Sky News’ Africa correspondent John Sparks said Mr Zuma had become increasingly unpopular in his own country after facing a string of corruption allegations.
Parliament in South Africa was poised to remove the 75-year-old leader on Thursday and replace him with deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.