Photos: Zuma Resigns as South Africa's President

South African President Jacob Zuma resigned on Feb. 14, 2018 bringing an end to his scandal-marred tenure and leaving the nation’s leadership in the hands of the ruling African National Congress’s new leader, Cyril Ramaphosa.



“The ANC should never be divided in my name,” Zuma said in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday, Feb. 14. “I have therefore come to the decision to resign as the president of the republic with immediate effect.”

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From left, Cyril Ramaphosa, Nelson Mandela and Jacob Zuma, during an ANC convention in Johannesburg, in 1991.

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Zuma, right, speaks with Nelson Mandela ahead of a speech to ANC supporters in Durban, South Africa in 1993. Zuma served 10 years on Robben Island alongside Mandela.

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Pro-ANC supporters clash with Zulu nationalist Inkatha Freedom Party members in the Tokoza township outside Johannesburg in 1994. Following South Africa’s first multiracial elections in the same year, Zuma became economic affairs minister for KwaZulu-Natal province, where he helped end the Inkatha Freedom Party’s bloody conflict with the ANC.

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A low point of Zuma’s rule came in August 2012, when police killed 34 protestors at a Lonmin Plc platinum mine at Marikana, northwest of Johannesburg.

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Appointed deputy president in 1999, Zuma was fired in 2005 by then-President Thabo Mbeki, after he was accused in a bribery scheme. Zuma fought back with the support of labor unions and the ANC’s youth wing and ousted Mbeki as party leader in 2007, pictured.

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A lawyer, former labor-union leader and one of the wealthiest black South Africans, Cyril Ramaphosa, right, beat Zuma's ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in a gripping battle for control of South Africa’s ruling ANC party in December 2017. Zuma had backed his ex-wife to succeed him.

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In 2014, South Africa's graft ombudsman found that Zuma unfairly benefited from a state-funded 215.9 million-rand ($18 million) upgrade of his private home, and the Constitutional Court ruled that he broke his oath of office when he ignored a directive to pay back part of the money.

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Zuma is found not guilty at the end of his 2006 trial for raping a family friend half his age.

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