One year since Jacob Zuma resigned

One year since Jacob Zuma resigned

Jacob Zuma resigned as president of South Africa on 14 February 2018 during a late night address to the nation.

Jacob Zuma

Zuma's resignation came after growing pressure on the African National Congress (ANC) to give Zuma the boot following the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as president of the ANC in December 2017.

It led to a tumultuous start to the political year in 2018, during which late night meetings carried on for weeks. 

Zuma's tenure as the country's first citizen was marred by controversy - ranging from allegations of corruption and rape to the Gupta state capture scandal.

Zuma finally gave in but said he would continue to serve the country and its people.

"Even though I do not agree with the decision of the leaders of my political organisation, 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 my all of my life in it. I will dedicate all my energy to work towards the attainment of the policies of our organisation. In particular radical economic transformation."

Cyril Ramapahosa took over the reigns and was sworn in as head of state on the morning of 15 February in Cape Town.

During his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) a few days later, he promised the dawn of a new era for South Africa.

However, its been a tough twelve months for the South African political landscape and the battle against unemployment and stagnating economic growth.

The latest Eskom crisis has also sparked panic when loadshedding was re-instated on Sunday.

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Jacob Zuma took his Twitter after 10 am, saying this day holds bitter sweet memories for him.

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, he also added a message of love. 

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