>> I have, therefore, come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect.>> South Africa president, Jacob Zuma, quit Wednesday heeding orders by the ruling African National Congress. And bringing an end to his nine scandal-plagued years in power. In a 30 minute farewell address to the nation, 75-year-old Zuma said, he disagreed with the way the ANC had shoved him toward an early exit after the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as party president in December, but that he would accept its orders.
>> No life should be lost in my name and also the ANC should never be divided in my name.>> The ANC had ordered him to step down as president on Tuesday when he failed to resign early Wednesday, it announced that it would back an opposition motion in parliament to force him out.
His resignation ends the career of the former anti-apartheid resistance fighter who has four wives, a sharp tongue, and a decades-long history of entanglement in scandals. Ramaphosa is poised to become South Africa's next president, vowing to eradicate government corruption.