- The ANC has welcomed Zuma's resignation in a statement which highlights his achievements
- In the statement, the party also urges its members in Parliament to vote for Cyril Ramaphosa to step in as president
- The statement expressed the party's hope that the country would now be able to unite to work towards growth
The ANC statement regarding the resignation of Zuma, was remarkably cordial considering the tenterhooks the former President of South Africa has had the country on while waiting for his decision.
However, it also made it clear that the ANC expected it's members currently deployed in Parliament to unanimously vote for Cyril Ramaphosa as the new president of the country.
The party welcomed Zuma's resignation, and went on to state, "the African National Congress nonetheless wants to salute the outstanding contribution he has made and express its profound gratitude to him for the role he has played in the African National Congress spanning over sixty years of loyal service."
Briefly.co.za learned despite the controversy around the ANC's decision to recall Zuma, and his initial refusal to resign, the statement reiterated that Zuma was a loyal and disciplined member of the party.
It stated that his decision to step down was a sign of his dedication to the organisation.
In recognising his work as the President of South Africa, the ANC acknowledged the mistakes, but chose to focus on the highlights instead.
It mentioned Zuma's commitment to agricultural reform, and the mass rollout of an anti-retroviral programme, as well as his determination to ensure fee free higher education for South Africans.
In closing, however, the ANC made it clear that its party members were expected to back Cyril Ramaphosa in the Parliamentary elections for President.
"The ANC now expects all our deployed members of parliament to cast their vote for the ANC President, Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa, as the candidate the ANC will nominate for President, when Parliament convenes to elect a President of the Republic."
It stated that it expected South Africans to unite around the common goal of job creation and economic transformation.
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