South Africa's embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned from his office with immediate effect, BBC reports.
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.
Earlier on Wednesday, police swooped on the Johannesburg home of the powerful and wealthy Gupta family with whom Mr Zuma has close ties.