South Africa, Long Walk to Rehabilitation

South Africa, Long Walk to Rehabilitation

(Reuters) – South Africans awoke to a nation without Jacob Zuma as president for the first time in nine years on Thursday, released from the burden of a compromised leader who darkened the dreams and aspirations of the post-apartheid “Rainbow Nation”.

The road back to prosperity and self-respect will be long and hard in a nation so divided by race and inequality but Zuma’s ultimate demise proved the enduring strength of its institutions, from the courts to the media and the constitution.

Zuma reluctantly resigned as head of state late on Wednesday on orders from the ruling African National Congress (ANC), bringing an end to his nine scandal-plagued years in power.

The 75-year-old Zuma said in a 30-minute farewell address to the nation he disagreed with the way the ANC had shoved him towards an early exit after the election of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as party president in December, but would accept its orders.

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