President Jacob Zuma, who has been leading South Africa for the past 8 years, has finally gave in to the growing pressure of the last days. Abandoned by his own party (the ANC), he finally announced on February 14 his resignation with “immediate effect” despite his “disagreement”. As provided by the constitution, Cyril Ramaphosa, vice-president of the country and head of the ANC, will be the interim President.
Zuma is a highly controversial figure who has been involved, for a long time, in many corruption and sex scandals, and who is responsible of the sluggish economy of the country. “The end of an error” for the South African cartoonist Zapiro, who was the first who drew Zuma with the shower on his head. In 2004, Zuma is charged with rape against an HIV-positive woman. During his trial, he said he took a shower because this “would minimize the risk of contracting the disease“, which caused a great indignation in the international press.
“The nightmare is over. It is morning in South Africa. Again.”, wrote the Daily Maverick newspaper… as long as it is not a cold shower!
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