Zuma resigns after pressure from within ANC

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South African president Jacob Zuma has pulled another shocker and tendered his resignation this morning after a turbulent week in South African politics. Jacob Zuma has been on everyone’s lips following the controversial cabinet shuffle which saw Praving Gordhan being kicked to the curbs. Despite opposition from the ANC’s top 6 NOT to fire Pravin, Jacob Zuma exercised his power as president and went ahead with the decision.

Now, the president seems to have come to his senses as an emergency meeting was called in this morning and he tendered his resignation citing that he has listened to the people and the people say they no longer want him. Cyril Ramaphosa will take over the presidency until a motion is voted for in parliament on Wednesday, 5 April.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa had made it clear that he remains firmly opposed to former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s axing.

Ramaphosa says that when President Jacob Zuma met with the ANC’s top six earlier this week, he arrived with a pre-prepared list and was not necessarily consulting with senior members of the ANC.

“He met with ANC officials. It was just a process of informing us of his decision. It was not a consultation because he came with a ready made list.”

Ramaphosa says he does not support Zuma’s decision to fire Gordhan.

“I raised my concern and objection on the removal of the Minister of Finance, largely because he was being removed based on an intelligence report that I believe had unsubstantiated allegations.”

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The deputy president he will stay in his position to serve the people but also makes it clear that the president has the right to change his Cabinet and fire and hire ministers.

African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu says he disagrees with the removal of Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas and allegations that they would sell their souls and country to foreign forces are “plain rubbish”.

Former Public Service and Administration Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi says he’s relieved that he was removed from office and the country is at a crossroads.

Gordhan and Jonas were among 20 ministers and deputies fired by President Jacob Zuma in a Cabinet reshuffle.

Source : LiveMonitor

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