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South Africa's President Jacob Zuma resigns

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma resigns

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceSouth Africa's embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned from his office with immediate effect.He made the announcement in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening.Earlier, Mr Zuma's governing ANC party told him to step down or face a vote of no confidence in parliament.The 75-year-old has been under increasing pressure to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC's new leader.Mr Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption.His resignation came at the end of a long speech in which he said he disagreed with the way the ANC had acted towards him.He said he did not fear a motion of no-confidence, adding: "I have served the people of South Africa to the best of my ability."'Disciplined A...
South Africa Zuma: Gupta family home raided by police

South Africa Zuma: Gupta family home raided by police

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South Africa's elite police unit have raided the home of the controversial Gupta family as the investigation into so-called state capture continues.Three arrests have been made, including one Gupta brother, local media report. Police say two other people are expected to hand themselves in.The Gupta family have been accused using their friendship with President Jacob Zuma to wield enormous political influence for their business interests.They all deny the allegations.Africa Live: For all the latest on the Guptas and Zuma, as it happensThe raid on the Gupta's walled compound in Johannesburg comes as Mr Zuma faces increased pressure to resign, in part because of links to the Guptas.He is expected to respond later today to a formal request from the African National Congress (ANC) to step down....
SpaceX launches Zuma spacecraft, most secretive mission to date

SpaceX launches Zuma spacecraft, most secretive mission to date

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Jan. 7 (UPI) -- SpaceX successfully launched an undisclosed national security payload on Sunday night.The Falcon 9 rocket launched at approximately 8 p.m. ET from the company's launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The rocket's first stage was a controlled landing back on Earth at Landing Zone 1.Falcon 9 first stage has landed at Landing Zone 1. pic.twitter.com/679wN4F8kX— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 8, 2018Originally scheduled to launch in November, problems with the rocket caused officials to delay plans by several weeks. Another launch attempt was set for Jan. 4, but the bomb cyclone that brought heavy snow and winds to much of the East Coast last week further delayed the mysterious mission.The Falcon 9 rocket carried Zuma, a U.S. government spacecraft, into low-Earth
ANC gathers to choose leader to replace Jacob Zuma

ANC gathers to choose leader to replace Jacob Zuma

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South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) is preparing to choose a new party leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma.The main candidates are the current deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, and former cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, President Zuma's ex-wife.Whoever wins is likely to succeed Mr Zuma as South African president.But their bitter leadership battle has raised fears that the ANC could split before national elections in 2019.President Zuma can remain head of state until those elections. He has been in office since 2009 and South Africa limits the presidency to two five-year terms.As delegates gathered for the four-day conference in Johannesburg, Mr Zuma, who faces multiple corruption allegations, has urged the party to unite behind the eventual winner.The lead...