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Tonight at ten: Jacob Zuma steps
down as president of South Africa,
after persistent allegations
of fraud and corruption.
He addressed the nation a short
while ago, saying he wanted
above all to prevent any violent
protests, and to maintain
the unity of the ruling ANC.
I have therefore come
to the decision to resign
as President of the Republic
with immediate effect.
He's been head of state for nine
years, but he's been under mounting
pressure in the past year,
over allegations of wrongdoing.
We'll have the latest
from South Africa,
where a new president,
Cyril Ramophosa, will be formally
sworn in within 24 hours.
In Florida, at least one person had
died and dozens injured,
in a gun attack at a high school.
20 months after the referendum,
Boris Johnson tries to reach out
to those still opposed to Brexit,
and says it's cause for hope
It's not some great V-sign from the
cliffs of Dover, it is the
expression of a legitimate and
natural desire of self-government by
the people, for the people and of
Following the kidnap, rape
and murder of a 20 year-old woman,
her uncle is sent prison
for at least 40 years.
In Northern Ireland,
the DUP says there's no prospect
of a return to devolved government,
after the failure
of the latest talks.
And, at the Winter Olympics,
Team GB's use of technology
in the skeleton competition,
has finally been approved.
And coming up on Sportsday on BBC
News: Liverpool lay a marker
in the Champions League
with an impressive start
to their last 16 tie
against Porto in Portugal.
Jacob Zuma has resigned
as president of South Africa,
with immediate effect.
He made the announcement
in a televised address
a short while ago, bringing
to an end his turbulent
9 years in power.
Mr Zuma, who's faced persistent
allegations of corruption,
said he disagreed with the way
the ruling party, the ANC,
had demanded his resignation.
He'll be formally succeeded
by Cyril Ramaphosa, the new leader
of the ANC, tomorrow.
Our Africa editor Fergal
Keane has the latest.
A former prisoner on Robben Island
with Nelson Mandela, Jacob Zuma was
once head of ANC intelligence. A
backroom operator with a gift for
manoeuvring party enemies. He could
also present an affable and
apparently open face. I first
interviewed him nearly two decades
ago when, as deputy president, he
was encouraging South Africans to
use condoms to prevent the spread of
aids. Do you use a condom?
But questions about his
character soon at
character soon at surface to. He was
accused of raping the HIV-positive
daughter of a friend. He did not
wear a condom. A populist, a crowd
pleaser, he appealed to the ANC
grassroots, and with their backing,
became party leader in 2009. Even
though he already faced serious
corruption charges. I interviewed
him again just as he was about to
become state president. A lot of
people think you are a crock.
people think you are a crock.
that so? I want to see those people,
they must tell me!
Are you a crook?
Me? I don't know. I must learn what
a crook is.
It was his relationship
with this family, the Guptas, Indian
immigrants which forced the ANC
party to act. The Guptas are accused
of using the president to acquire
state assets worth millions of
pounds. So powerful, they are
alleged, they could hire and fire
cabinet ministers. Today they also
felt the pressure. This was a police
raid on their compound in
Johannesburg. Seemingly untouchable
until now, criminal charges may be
imminent. If ever you wanted proof
of the changed political
temperature, this was it. The police
seem at last to have found their
courage. This may be giving police
the address of another Gupta
property. People are angry. But it
is the fear of losing the support of
the black majority which has
prompted the ANC to act. Near
Pretoria, this man is an unemployed
driver who once thought Jacob Zuma
was the answer for South Africa's
problems. No more.
When Jacob Zuma
came to power I thought we would get
jobs and better conditions, but now,
now we are in trouble.
now we are in trouble.
As I was saying, Jacob Zuma, former
president now, made that
announcement in that televised
address to the South African nation
in the past couple of hours. He
spoke for about half an hour and it
seemed for quite a long time he
would not resign until the last
section of the address itself and
this is what he had to say.
No life should be lost in my name.
And also, the ANC should never be
divided in my name. I have therefore
come to the decision to resign as
president of the Republic with
there at the end of the address by
Jacob Zuma. Let's go to Pretoria and
talk to our Africa editor Fergal
Keane. Let's talk about the end of
this very turbulent presidency and
what is now lying ahead for South
Well, what a dramatic night.
We were standing out here, looking
at the sun going down over Pretoria
when we were summoned suddenly
inside. I was sitting yards away
from Jacob Zuma. For a long period
he went through very defensive
language we heard earlier in the day
saying essentially, I am the victim.
Then suddenly that moment of
resignation. I could see him
closely. There was a certain sort of
melancholy at the end. He stood and
waved at us and said we will meet
moved on. But he will not be meeting
the press again, unless it is on the
steps of the courthouse. He is
facing multiple corruption charges.
Today, the big work begins for Cyril
Ramaphosa, the man who will take
over this country. He said he will
tackle the corruption which was
endemic under Jacob Zuma. Corruption
has caused so much poverty and
instability. He knows he has to act
Many thanks. Fergal
Keane with the latest in Pretoria
after the resignation of Jacob Zuma.
Well, another story developing
tonight which is a shooting. Reports
from Florida in the last half hour
says the shooting at a high school
has left a number of people dead and
dozens injured. Our North America
editor Jon Sopel is in Washington.
He is monitoring events for us. What
is the latest you have?
Let me start
with a statistic. This is the 19th
school shooting so far in 2018, we
are in the middle of February. The
president is monitoring by far the
worst shooting and yet again the
terrified pictures of children
running for their lives as an active
shooter is on school premises, and
running as fast as they can to try
to get to safety. We understand the
shooter himself is in custody. He is
believed to be an 18-year-old former
student of this school. He is now
under arrest. The authorities are
saying a number of fatalities and a
number of people have been injured.
Donald Trump has treated in the last
hour or so: Mike Prez and
condolences of the victims of the
terrible Florida shooting. No child,
parent or teacher should feel unsafe
in a school.
-- my prayers and condolences to the
family of the victims.
Is he going to change security? It
is hard to see how he will and it is
hard to see that the president will
come out and say he supports greater
Thank you for that
update, Jon Sopel at the White
Boris Johnson has urged his fellow
Brexiters not to "gloat"
about the UK's departure
from the EU, and he's appealed
for people to unite behind
the vision of an "outward-looking,
confident" UK outside
the European Union.
Mr Johnson also insisted
the referendum result
could not be reversed,
and he questioned the economic
benefits of staying in the single
market and customs union,
which the government
is committed to leave.
His speech was the first of a series
of speeches by ministers,
ahead of key talks with EU
negotiators next month,
as our political correspondent
Vicki Young reports.
We're on the road to Brexit.
But Cabinet ministers are still
arguing about which route to take.
Do we stay close to the European
Union and all its rules, or take off
in a completely different direction?
Many are anxious about
the journey ahead.
Including Liberal Democrats,
who laid on this less-than-friendly
welcome for the Foreign Secretary.
He is trying to reach out to soothe
concerns and convince them
that Brexit is grounds for much more
hope than fear.
It is not good enough for us now
to say to Remainers,
"you lost, get over it."
Because we must accept the vast
majority are actuated
by entirely noble sentiments.
Brexit is not about shutting
Britain off, he said,
it is about going global.
I absolutely refuse to accept
the suggestion that it is some
un-British spasm of bad manners.
It is not some great V sign
from the cliffs of Dover.
It is the expression
of a legitimate and natural desire
for self-government of the people,
by the people, for the people.
At times, this speech felt
like a return to the heat
of the referendum debate.
And Mr Johnson certainly has not
changed his mind about the need
to diverge from EU rules.
The British people should not have
new EU laws affecting their everyday
lives imposed from abroad
when they have no power to elect
or remove those who make those laws.
That would be intolerable,
it would be undemocratic,
and it would make it
all but impossible for us to do
serious free trade deals.
He did say he was happy
for Britain to remain subject
to EU law during a transmission
or implementation period.
That could start after March 2019
and last around two years.
As the face of the Leave campaign,
some question whether Boris Johnson
is the right person to try to heal
the divisions of Brexit.
But he acknowledges today that that
positive case for leaving
the EU still needs to be made and
says that he has to try to make it.
But what about the obstacles
that could lie ahead?
Conservative MPs still disagree.
Boris is really good
at the broad brush strokes.
But I think what is really needed
now are the details.
You know, we're just over 14
months away from the UK
leaving the European Union.
And details on things
like customs and borders,
how the really difficult
of the Irish border
is going to be delivered,
how EU citizens will be able
to stay here, the position
that they will be in -
all that is needed now.
We now have accept the fact we have
had the referendum, we not having a
second one, we are not being part of
the single market or the customs
union, we are taking back control,
and that's what this speech
was all about.
More flesh on the bones
is what critics want.
Downing Street insists they will get
that in the coming days
when the spotlight turns
to Theresa May and what is billed
as a significant speech on security.
Vicki Young, BBC News, Westminster.
Boris Johnson's doubts
about the economic benefits
of staying in the single market
were being expressed, as figures
showed the economy of the Eurozone
enjoyed its strongest period
of growth since 2007,
expanding by 2.5% last year.
The UK's economy is estimated
to have grown by 1.8%
over the same period.
Our economics editor Kamal Ahmed
is here to look at how the UK
economy compares to
that of the wider EU.
Boris Johnson spoke of a Britain no
longer lashed to the EU,
our biggest trading partner.
It is a partner that has
If we go back to before
the financial crisis, EU growth
was pretty good, peaking at over 3%.
Then the financial crisis hit the
world economy, and EU growth
plunged, like much of the rest of
the world, into recession.
Then the EU was hit
by a second crisis -
the eurozone crisis -
and a second recession.
But - last year, a significant
Economic reform and global growth
led to this rapid pick up, growth
that was epitomised by this man,
Emmanuel Macron, the president of
France and poster child of an
economically confident EU.
These figures are really good,
overall, and if we have a look
in particular at the French figures,
here we have, well, very good news.
We have a sign of improvement,
both on the domestic side
and on the external side.
First, on the external side,
for sure French growth is benefiting
from the firming in world growth,
and, in particular,
it is strongly benefiting
from the improvement,
of Eurozone growth.
Now, over the last ten years,
the picture for Britain
has been different.
We suffered the same drop
in fortunes during the financial
crisis, but from 2012 onwards,
we were top of the economic league,
as the rest of the EU struggled.
Now, with Brexit uncertainty,
growth has slowed, just
as it is speeding up
across the Channel.
Had it not been for the strength
in European and global growth,
the economy would have performed
much worse than this.
I mean, in our view,
the growth would have been probably
around 0.5 percentage points less
without the strength
in European and global growth.
Nearly 50% of our exports go
to the EU, so a strong rest
of Europe matters to the UK.
As the government plans
the UK's exit from the EU,
the economic relationship
between Britain and the rest
of Europe will be a vital part
of those Brexit negotiations.
In Northern Ireland, the Democractic
Unionist Party says there's no
prospect of a deal to restore
Northern Ireland's devolved
Government, despite the intensive
negotiations of recent days.
The DUP leader Arlene Foster said
that one of the main stumbling
blocks was Sinn Fein's desire
for an Irish Language Act.
Our Ireland correspondent Chris Page
has the latest from Stormont.
A breakthrough seemed likely when
Theresa May visited Northern Ireland
on Monday. She and the Irish Prime
Minister said they were hopeful of a
deal between the parties at
Stormont. Now, the prospect.
Renewed power-sharing is
disappearing. Unionists accused
Republicans of asking for too much.
We have, as I've said before, run
out of road in respect of this
process. We're not going to be able
to get Executive up and running
because there is not a fair and
balanced package available.
Fein say the DUP are to blame for
the collapse of the talks.
a lot of expectation over the course
of the last number of days were
people were either briefed or were
discussing the fact that there
potentially was a deal on the table.
I'm saying confidently that we had
an accommodation with the DUP and
the DUP leadership have failed to
close on that accommodation.
most difficult disagreement to
resolve has been over the Irish
language. Nationalists want a new
law to protect and promote it.
Unionists want a wider piece of
legislation including cultural
elements which are more important to
them. Valentine's Day brought a
demonstration at Stormont about
another sticking point in the talks,
Sinn Fein want to legalise same-sex
marriage in Northern Ireland. The
DUP don't. There have been no
ministers in place here for more
than a year now. That means civil
servants have been running Northern
Ireland, but they don't have the
power to make any major decisions.
The Westminster government
acknowledges the uncertainty is
affecting public services and can
We need to consider
practical steps. In the continued
absence of an Executive other
challenging decisions will have to
be taken by the UK Government.
DUP have said ministers should be
appointed in London to take on
Stormont's powers. A fix for the
broken politics of this part of the
UK feels a lot further away tonight.
Chris Page, BBC News, Belfast.
A man has been jailed for life,
with a minimum term of 40 years,
after being found guilty
at the Old Bailey of kidnapping,
raping and murdering his niece
and the attempted murder
of a second woman.
The court had heard that
Mujahid Arshid of Kingston,
in south-west London,
had developed an obsession with this
20 year-old niece Celine Dookhran
and the surviving victim,
who cannot be identified.
Our home affairs correspondent,
June Kelly, reports.
Celine Dookhran was 20 years old,
she worked in a bank
and had a boyfriend.
She also had a jealous uncle,
who was a savage sexual predator,
he kidnapped Celine and then raped
and murdered her.
Mujahid Arshid also raped and tried
to kill another young woman.
As a rape survivor, his second
victim can't be identified.
Celine Dookhran's mother
and stepfather were in court
to see a man who'd married
into their family found guilty.
A police officer read
a statement on their behalf.
We are pleased with the verdict
and the sentence, but we would
like our final words to be
about our wonderful Celine.
We love you, we miss
you and we thank you for being
an amazing, brilliant,
funny, intelligent and caring
daughter, sister and
cousin and friend.
Arshid's blue pick-up
truck was caught on CCTV,
he was transporting a freezer,
which was part of his plot.
Two-days later he was back
in his truck and the
kidnapping was under way.
He had bundled his two victims,
bound and gagged, into the open boot
and covered them with a tarpaulin.
He checked it before he set off.
Arshid was a builder
and he brought his captives
to a then empty house he was working
on in Kingston,
in south-west London.
Once inside, one after another,
he forced the women
upstairs and raped them.
He killed his neice Celine
by cutting her throat with a knife
and stuffing her mouth with a sock.
He then locked her body
in the freezer he'd
installed two-days earlier.
When it came to the second victim,
he slashed her throat
and wrists and told her,
"You've got ten minutes to live."
Astonishingly, she survived.
Then, desperate to try to find
a way out, she convinced
Arshid that from here
they could run away together.
Arshid later went on the run and
headed for the port of Folkestone.
He checked into a hotel,
and this is where he was arrested.
It's emerged that down the years
opportunities were missed to stop
Mujahid Arshid's sexual offending.
It was in 2008 that he first
abused his surviving victim,
this went on for a year.
In 2011, she finally
told some of her family,
but her story wasn't accepted.
In 2013, Arshid was caught
in an online sting inviting
an undercover police officer to drug
and rape her.
The following year he was
interviewed by detectives,
prosecutors decided they couldn't
bring a case because the police
hadn't found key evidence.
in the killing of Celine Dookhran.
Today her mother said her daughter
had fallen victim to "pure evil."
June Kelly, BBC News.
Oxfam's director in Asia has told
the BBC she is aware of past
cases of misconduct,
involving some of the charity's
workers in the Philippines,
Bangladesh and Nepal.
During the day, senior
Oxfam officials met
the Charity Commission,
which is investigating
the organisation's handling of abuse
claims against former staff
in Haiti, back in 2011.
Angus Crawford, has the latest.
A scandal made in the poverty
of Haiti's shanty towns,
where a small number of aid
workers became exploiters.
It continues to send shockwaves
through the entire sector.
And today, new revelations
from Oxfam about other
under reported cases
involving its workers.
There were cases in the Philippines.
There were also cases in Bangladesh.
There were whistleblowers coming
forward in Bangladesh,
as far as I know.
There was also a case
I think in Nepal.
Abusers exploit the chaos
and confusion of natural
disasters, like here in 2013,
during Typhoon Haiyan,
in the Philippines.
Lan Mercado says even if they are
caught and disciplined,
charities aren't warning each other
about unsuitable staff.
Not yet, but that's a practice
that we need to start because...
You know, the funny thing
about cases like this
is we always see them
as reputational risks, no.
But the way to manage reputational
risks is not to keep silent.
But in disaster zones, speed is key.
Charities scale up their efforts
within hours, employing
thousands of new staff,
operating in what can
be a lawless vacuum.
When the first crisis passes,
sometimes within days or weeks,
many move on to a new emergency,
and possibly a new employer.
So a problem for the whole sector,
but one the International
wants tackling now.
Unless you create a culture that
prioritizes the safety of vulnerable
people and ensures victims
and whistleblowers can come
forward without fear,
we will not work with you.
And unless you report every serious
incident and allegation,
no matter how damaging
to your reputation,
we cannot be your partners.
She's looking at the possibility
of setting up a worldwide register
of aid workers and tomorrow meets
officers from the National Crime
Agency, which says it's
closely monitoring events.
This British charity today dismissed
a member of staff accused of sexual
misconduct while at Oxfam in Haiti
in 2011, something he failed to tell
them when he applied for the job.
And tonight, Oxfam has revealed that
last year it sacked its country
director in Haiti for mismanagement
and inappropriate behaviour.
Angus Crawford, BBC News.
There is a "pervasive lack of trust"
among people with disabilities
about the way that their welfare
claims are assessed, according
to a parliamentary committee.
A new report says assessment work
by private contractors is often
riddled with errors and that
claimants don't trust
assessors to record evidence
of their health accurately.
The Government says
the system works well
for the majority of claimants.
Our disability correspondent,
Nikki Fox, reports.
Anastasia is having a good day,
but most of the time she's
in constant pain and struggles
to leave the house.
The 24-year-old has
multiple sclerosis and used
to work full-time.
Now she relies on disability
benefits, but applying for those
benefits has taken its toll.
I don't know how other
people can cope with it.
Why do I feel so crushed
and not believed?
When she was assessed at home
by a healthcare professional
from a private company,
Anastasia told her assessor
she could only walk 20 meters.
But when the report came back,
it said she could walk further.
As a result, she lost
part of her benefits.
She didn't give me a physical
assessment, I was sat
down the entire time.
I was very, very cross about that.
The committee heard evidence
to suggest that Anastasia's
experience is far from a one-off.
One of the assessors wrote down
things which didn't even happen.
The lady who was assessing me
was very unprofessional.
I looked at it and I
just cried, basically.
They received an unprecedented
number of responses detailing
failings in the system.
Their report says, "the Government's
low bar for what is considered
acceptable leaves room
for assessments to be riddled
with obvious errors and omissions."
It also says assessors risk
being viewed as "at best,
lacking in competence and,
at worst, actively deceitful."
Some parents were asked
when exactly their children had
caught Down's Syndrome.
Another claimant said, "apparently,
I walk my dog daily,
which is baffling, because I can
barely walk and I don't have a dog."
Since 2013, more than 200,000 people
have appealed the outcome
of their assessment.
The committee hopes that
its recommendations will reduce
the need for so many
to have to appeal.
We've asked the Government to record
all these key assessments,
so there can't be a dispute of -
I said that.
No, you didn't.
Yes, you did.
There's a record there.
The Government says it's exploring
options to promote greater
transparency and the majority
of claimants are happy
with their overall experience.
But with current contracts up
for review and targets
being consistently missed ,it's
uncertain who will carry out these
will carry out these
assessments in the future.
Nikki Fox, BBC News.
Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's main
opposition leader, has died.
The 65-year-old, a former
mine worker, had been
suffering from cancer.
Mr Tsvangirai's career was marked
by a long political struggle
against the former President,
Robert Mugabe, and he was beaten
and imprisonned many times.
The Movement for Democratic Change -
that he set up in 2000 -
said tonight that they had lost
an 'icon and fighter for democracy'.
Liverpool are one step closer
to the Champions League
quarter-finals after beating Porto
5-0 in Portugal in
their last 16 match.
Sadio Mane scored a hat-trick
and that means Jurgen Klopp's side
will take a comfortable lead back
to Anfield for the second leg.
In tonight's other tie,
current holders Real Madrid beat
Paris St Germain 3-1.
At the Winter Olympics
in South Korea, Team GB's use
of technology has been approved,
averting a dispute about
the legality of the kit used
in the skeleton competition.
Some opponents have complained
that the technology used in Team
GB's skinsuits gives them
an unfair advantage.
Our sports correspondent,
Andy Swiss, reports
now from Pyeongchang.
Sliding into controversy.
The skeleton is Britain's
winter sports speciality.
is the Olympic champion!
But now the team's speed
is under scrutiny.
After being no more than solid this
season, here in Pyeongchang they're
suddenly looking spectacular.
Setting the pace in final training,
so why the improvement?
Well, they're wearing
brand-new skinsuits specially
designed for the Games.
And in the sport of the finest
margins, they've found an edge.
Well of course we push
the boundaries, it's
the Winter Olympic Games.
No one sleeps, every nation will be
getting the best kit that they can,
and we're exactly the same.
But the skinsuit, developed
by scientists in Northampton
and which has special drag-resistant
ridges, has raised eyebrows.
The rules stipulate no
can be attached to kit,
and some are questioning
I was notified this morning
about the speedsuits.
So, yeah, that's interesting.
I'm just curious to
know if that is legal.
Do you think there's
a question there?
I do, yeah.
A frosty reception, then,
but tonight the controversial
skinsuit was cleared
by the authorities.
Well, when Britain's sliders
hurtle round this track
over the next few days,
they'll be hoping their new kit
could make that vital difference.
And British sport knows
all about making the most
of cutting-edge clothing.
Skinsuit technology has been a key
to British track cycling success
over the last decade,
and skeleton has also led the way.
Amy Williams is the queen of speed!
In 2010 there were questions
about Amy Williams' helmet
before she won gold.
For me, in Vancouver, we sent them
off to the jury months beforehand.
They got checked and
okayed by the jury.
So we knew 100% they were legal.
So I have no worries whatsoever.
I would just say, people just don't
want you winning, do they?
And winning is what Britain's done
now two Games running.
A hat-trick here, it
seems, would be a triumph
of technology as well as talent.
Andy Swiss, BBC News, Pyeongchang.
Newsnight is coming up on BBC Two.
Tonight, we'll ask the DUP what next
for Northern Ireland after those
power-sharing talks collapse.
And, new trouble for Oxfam
as another big name ambassador
halts his association
with the charity.
Join me now on BBC Two.
That's Newsnight with Evan.
Here on BBC One it's time
for the news where you are.