South African President, Zuma, resigns

Top leaders of South Africa’s governing party ordered President Jacob Zuma to step down and wsay they will vote him out if he does not

Cyril Ramaphosa is due to become South Africa's president after embattled leader Jacob Zuma resigned.

"I will try very hard not to disappoint the people of South Africa", Mr Ramaphosa said in ending his speech to parliament shortly after it elected him.

Ramaphosa was sworn in as the new president by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who also presided over the election.

Meanwhile, there was no immediate response from Zuma to an announcement Tuesday by the ruling African National Congress party that the president must leave office.

But Zuma's office said there was no "official communication" of any impending address but urged the media to wait.

The African National Congress welcomed the resignation, expressing gratitude for Zuma's "loyal service" during his almost 10 years as president and encouraging party members to support Ramaphosa, now the country's acting president.

The party is now being led by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is expected to succeed Zuma as President.

"Zuma built a deep system of corruption that has penetrated every part of the government and the criminal prosecution system", Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said.

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"We will hold you accountable and I will see you in 2019 on the ballot box", Mr Maimane said.

The ANC ordered Zuma to step down as the head of state after marathon talks over the fate of a leader whose scandal-plagued years in power darkened and divided Nelson Mandela's post-apartheid "Rainbow Nation".

Agents from the Hawks, an elite police investigative unit, entered the compound of the Gupta family in an affluent Johannesburg neighborhood.

Both Zuma and the Guptas deny any wrongdoing, though legal challenges are looming.

"During Jacob Zuma's presidency South Africa was blighted by serious human rights violations".

In another scandal, South Africa's top court ruled in 2016 that Zuma violated the constitution following an investigation of multi-million-dollar upgrades to his private home using state funds. The president paid back some of the money.

Zuma was once revered as a hero of that movement, who served as a political prisoner alongside Mandela in his youth.

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