The South African Football Association and coach Joel Santana have both agreed to go their separate ways.
“It’s true he has resigned,” said South Africa Football Association chief executive Raymond Hack. “It’s by mutual consent, he was not fired.”
The 60-year-old Santana was South Africa’s 15th coach in as many years.
Santana succeeded fellow Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira in April 2008 to take over the reins of the national team, but recent results have been disappointing with South Africa have lost five of their last six games since the third/fourth play-off defeat to Spain in the Confederations Cup.
The South Africans are determined to field a strong side in the World Cup, a tournament which they will host.
Jairo Leal and Pitso Mosimane will take over in caretaker roles for the time being.