South African president, Jacob Zuma, has resigned as the president of South Africa with immediate effect.
This came on the eve of a motion of no confidence that had been sponsored by his party, the African National Congress, and was meant to force him out.
For sometime now, Jacob Zuma, has been facing intense pressure from his party to resign. He has faced a barrage of corruption accusations, which he has denied.
Speaking to the press, the former South African president said that he was resigning for the sake of the party unity. He promised to continue serving the party and the people of South Africa.
Jacob Zuma follows in the footsteps of his predecessor, Thabo Mbeki, who was also pressured to resign by ANC in 2008.
The 75 year old said that although he disagreed with his party, he was nonetheless committed to the unity of the party he had devoted a lifetime to serve.
Cyril Ramaphosa, a soft spoken tycoon, is set to take over as president in an acting capacity.
Meanwhile, former Zimbabwe opposition leader, Morgan Tsavingirai has died. The former fiery opposition leader has been battling with colon cancer. He has died at 65 years old.
Tsvangirai is credited with founding the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in the year 2000. He had for years unsuccessfully challenged the former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, who, like Zuma, was pressured to resign.