South Africa: President Jacob Zuma vows not to resign

South African President Jacob Zuma. PHOTO/Getty Images

South Africa’s embattled president, Jacob Zuma vowed Wednesday that he will not resign.

Zuma, who has faced repeated calls to step down from office amid questions of corruption and his fitness to govern, made his remarks during an African National Congress Youth League’s (ANCYL) Economic Freedom Lecture event focused on economic transformation.

Zuma, who survived a no-confidence motion in the country’s parliament, was again asked to resign by three cabinet ministers late last month – all of whom were supported by ANC leadership.

Members of the ruling ANC have blamed the president for the party’s dismal performance at the August municipality elections. He has also faced criticism for his involvement in the state of capture report.

Zuma is presently serving his second and final term as president which ends in 2019.