SA Human Rights lawyer advocate George Bizos has lent his voice to the chorus of those calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down. In his own view, Bizos maintained that there was no way that the president could have been unaware and “ignorant” of what was being done at his Nkandla home.
Advocate George Bizos said this during an interview with eNCA on Thursday.
“He should resign because of the manner in which he stood by whilst these structures were put up.”
“He could not possibly have been ignorant of what was happening.”
According to Bizos, President Zuma had not been consistent with the statements he has provided so far as to what knowledge he had or what monies may have been spent and what was the nature of the expenses.
“Those are morally incorrect,” he said.
The incessant calls for President Zuma to step down increased after the Constitutional Court passed a judgement that he had failed to uphold the Constitution after he refused to comply with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s remedial action with respect to the payment he was supposed to make for the non-security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.
These incessant clarion calls have been flowing in from many groups and individuals including opposition parties, civil society, some ANC members and party veterans such as Ahmed Kathrada, former finance minister Trevor Manuel, former ANC deputy secretary-general, Cheryl Carolus and uMkhonto weSizwe veteran, Mavuso Msimang and the list goes on.
During an interview on Sowetan TV, the former finance minister says the country is lost in a deep crisis following the misgivings surrounding the ruling party.
With utmost support for the sentiments displayed by renowned member of African National Congress (ANC) Ahmed Kathrada, who put pen to paper and composed a long and agonizing letter over the weekend calling on President Zuma to resign, Trevor Manuel also believes it is in the best interest of the country for the president to step down.