JOHANNESBURG - Opposition parties have welcomed the resignation of the president they loved to hate.
On Wednesday, Jacob Zuma stepped down as president, after initially resisting calls by the ANC for him to go.
But, after the governing party announced it would remove him through a vote of no confidence on Thursday if he does not comply, Zuma went voluntarily, though still insisting he had been wronged.
The official opposition in Parliament, the Democratic Alliance (DA), rejoiced at the news, saying it was overdue.
"Jacob Zuma did untold harm to our country. More people are unemployed than ever before, and more people live in poverty than when he came into office. On his watch, corruption has been allowed to flourish to the point of nearly destroying our country and completely capturing the state and the prosecution system. That will forever be his shameful legacy," the party said in a statement.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane told eNCA that the ANC must take responsibility for what it has created.
United Democratic Movement (UDM) MP, Nqabayomzi Kwankwa said Zuma has not been acting in the country's best interest and did the ANC a favour by resigning.
“He spoke more to the ANC than he did to ordinary South Africans, which is unfortunate, but it was to be expected from him and how he runs the country over the years. What is important now is that we have an important task to work together now and build a better life for all.”
Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) MP, Narend Singh said he was not surprised that Zuma chose to step down.
“It was half expected. With JZ you never know what will happen next. We thought he would say something like this but we were not sure. Now that he has said it, we’re delighted. It will avoid him from going to Parliament and getting Parliament to vote against him and his entire cabinet. We look forward to what is gonna happen tomorrow (Thursday) and in the days to come and for the country to prosper.”