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February 21, 2019

Uhuru salutes ex-President Zuma for relations with Kenya

South African President Jacob Zuma meets Kenya's leader Uhuru Kenyatta at Dr John Dube residence in Durban, January 11, 2018. /REUTERS
South African President Jacob Zuma meets Kenya's leader Uhuru Kenyatta at Dr John Dube residence in Durban, January 11, 2018. /REUTERS

President Uhuru Kenyatta has saluted Jacob Zuma who gave up his position as South Africa's President on Wednesday.

Zuma resigned last night after pressure to quit from his party's African National Congress. 

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Uhuru said on Thursday: "My brother, we appreciate and salute you for the role you played in enhancing our friendship with the people of South Africa.

"We wish you well in your next phase of service and leadership. ANC has once again reminded us the importance of strong political parties."

Zuma heeded orders by the ruling party to end his nine scandal-plagued years in power.

In a 30-minute farewell address to the nation, the 75-year-old nonetheless said he disagreed with the way the ANC had shoved him towards an early exit after the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as the party president in December.

But he noted he would accept its orders.

"I have therefore come to the decision to resign as President of the republic with immediate effect," he said.

Wednesday was also the day when police raided the family home of Zuma's businessmen friends. A dozen heavily armed tactical police blocked off a street leading to the Gupta home in Johannesburg. 

Three people were arrested while two other suspects were expected to hand themselves in after the raids on various properties in the city.

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