Throwback: Jacob Zuma and the last 6 weeks of his presidency

Throwback: Jacob Zuma and the last 6 weeks of his presidency

Briefly.co.za relives the final weeks of Jacob Zuma’s presidency, taking a look at the final moves he had made at the end of this controversial leaders long reign in South Africa

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After the months of avoiding calls for his resignation, Jacob Zuma finally stood down from his position as president, but he did not go quietly into the night.

Following numerous calls for his resignation and increasing public callings for his removal, Zuma had finally resigned as president in February this year.

Opposition parties and civil society had wanted the ex-president out of office, citing corruption allegations and ties to the Gupta family as their reasons.

Jacob had only spent six weeks as the president of South Africa this year, and these are the highlights from the end of this long reign:

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State capture inquiry

In early January, Zuma had finally committed to the appointment of the commission of inquiry to investigate state capture.

The inquiry had been the result of Thuli Madonsela’s publication of her final report as Public Protector titled State of Capture.

Zuma had opposed the inquiry and had only conceded after the courts had denied his attempts to have the report set aside.

In a statement Zuma had said that the allegations that of the state been taken out of the control of the people of South Africa were of utmost importance and as a result are deserving of finality and certainty.

Booing at ANC event

Cyril Ramaphosa, party president, had needed to intervene when Zuma had been booed by ANC supporters at the ANC’s January 8 statement in East London.

The incident had caused a great deal of embarrassment for the party as Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta had been in attendance.

Ramaphosa had called for the crowd to behave themselves, saying that the event had been to celebrate 106 years of the ANC. The day had meant to be a happy one and not a day for rude behavior.

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Zuma and Ramaphosa put on a united front

Sitting next to Ramaphosa at the Cabinet Lekgotla at the end of January Zuma had been in a jolly mood, smiling all the way.

The efforts to remove Zuma had been intensifying around this time.

ANC vs pro-Zuma BLF members

Members of the notorious Black First Land First group had taken their ‘Hands off Jacob Zuma’ protest to Luthuli House in February.

The protest had made headlines after turning violent when the BLF members had been confronted by ANC supporters who had been determined to protect their parties headquarters.

Zuma gives ANC his terms of surrender

Just before he resigned Zuma had reportedly giving top ANC officials a number of conditions for his quiet resignation.

He had allegedly demanded that the corruption charges against him be dropped with no consequences.

Zuma had also requested the ministers he had appointed should keep their positions and continue work on projects he had initiated.

The long awaited finale

On the 14th of February Zuma had finally announced his resignation during a televised statement, finally ending months of anti-Zuma protests and distrust of the nation’s leadership.

Zuma had said: "Even though I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organisation ... I have always been a disciplined member of the organisation.

"As I leave, I will continue to serve the people of SA as well as the ANC."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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