President Jacob Zuma resigned last week under pressure from his party, the African National Congress (ANC). ANC leadership threatened to present him with a “no confidence vote” if he failed to voluntarily resign in the wake of numerous corruption charges (Al Jazeera, February 14, 2018). Mr. Zuma has been a part of the ANC since 1958 and spent ten years in prison alongside former South African president Nelson Mandela.
“Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as South Africa’s president in a parliamentary vote on Thursday and pledged to tackle endemic corruption” (Reuters, February 15, 2018). He will remain in office until full elections take place next year. Many South Africans expressed joy over Mr. Zuma’s resignation.
The book of Proverbs notes, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan” (Proverbs 29:2). We see that reaction not only in South Africa but also worldwide, as many world leaders aim to elevate themselves on the backs of their people. There is coming a time when world leaders, under the direction of Jesus Christ, will truly serve and care for the people they rule. However, this won’t become reality until human laws are replaced by the laws of God! For encouraging news about the future of Christ’s coming world government, a time when leaders will finally have the best interests of their followers at heart, read “World Government Is Coming Soon: What Will It Be Like?”