16-Year-Old Pleads With Zuma To Step Down In A Shocking Open Letter

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While the atmosphere gets tense amid calls for Zuma to step down and the anticipated Nationwide shutdown on Friday April 7, a 16-year-old has expressed his uneasiness with the current state of the country, in a short open letter to President Jacob Zuma.

In the letter, the 16-year-old Grade 11 student says the current state of the country neither impresses him nor gives him hope for his future in the country.

“I am disappointed with the way that South Africa has turned out to be, and I am sure that the Father of our Nation, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, never pictured our beautiful land to be in the condition that it is in today,” the young student said to Zuma, pleading with him to quietly step down.

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Read the shocking letter the 16-year-South African youth wrote to Zuma

Mr President, your people of South Africa are unhappy today. We are unhappy with the direction in which our country is heading –  a negative direction.

Our country is suffering at the hands of your government. We are dissatisfied with what you have been doing over the last few years.

I am disappointed with the way that South Africa has turned out to be, and I am sure that the Father of our Nation, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, never pictured our beautiful land to be in the condition that it is in today.



Mr. Jacob Zuma, I am angry. I am angry because my aspirations in life, seem to have no direction in this country that is being “led” by you – whatsoever.

You, Mr. Zuma – being the reason for this. In my mind, I picture a president to be a role model and an example to his/her people.

Today, Mr. Zuma, I have not recognised any role model/example.

I, Mr Zuma, a Grade 11 student – a youth member of this land, am appealing to you to step down as the President of South Africa, as I have no faith in you governing our country any longer.

In the same line, I would like to thank you for what you have done for South Africa previously but it is time to move onto greener pastures.

Yours Sincerely

Zeke Wareley