President Jacob Zuma has announced his resignation as President of South Africa with immediate effect.

Mr Zuma made the announcement during an address to the nation televised by nearly all global media organisations around 2300 hours local time today.

Zuma has been at the helm of South Africa since 2009.

His resignation comes after his party the ruling African National Congress had ordered him to step down by end of day today (Wednesday) or face a no-confidence vote in parliament this Thursday.

Mr Zuma’s presidency has been overshadowed by allegations of corruption which he has always vehemently denied.

In 2016, South Africa’s highest court ruled that Mr Zuma had violated the constitution when he failed to repay government money spent on his private home.

Last year the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that he must face 18 counts of corruption, fraud, racketeering and money-laundering relating to a 1999 arms deal.

More recently, Mr Zuma’s links to the wealthy India-born Gupta family, who are alleged to have influenced the government, have caused his popularity to plummet.

Both Mr Zuma and the Guptas deny the allegations.

His predecessor, Thabo Mbeki, resigned in 2008, also after a power struggle with his deputy.

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has been Mr Zuma’s deputy in government, is now expected to form the next government of South Africa.