Finally, on the night of Valentines Day, President Jacob Zuma finally bows to the unanimous demand of public and politics and resigned as fourth President of post-apartheid South Africa.
The speech that commenced with new waves of defiance and senseless ranting on the differences between Party and Constitution, had all South Africans on the edge of their seat. Everyone was waiting for the much-anticipated words that would hail the end of an era of corruption, nepotism and blatant theft from the state coffers. It was unclear until the last minutes of his speech whether or not Zuma tried to pull a “Mugabe”, but once he started thanking one stakeholder after the other it was clear, this is the end.
Jacob Zuma has resigned and although he denied financial motives, it was clear that he was merely clinging on to any benefits left if he steps down voluntarily, compared to facing a much tighter diet in case of impeachment.
On 15 February 2018 his successor, Cyril Ramaphosa, the self-made billionaire, businessman and eloquent philanthropist, was sworn in as the fifth president of post-apartheid South Africa!!