Ekurhuleni Mayor Masina, Mzwandile says those who attack the President, Jacob Zuma are definitely against the country’s long-fought democracy.
Mayor Masina, who was Addressing reporters at the Chris Hani heritage site in Dawn Park, East Rand said the attack on President Zuma is unwarranted because it’s an attack on the African National Congress (ANC) which “brought freedom” to South Africans.
Speaking further, the mayor said if South Africans want a democratically-elected government to be removed, then they need to provide a better alternative.
“Those who are saying to us now that they want regime change, they are yet to tell the people of South Africa, change from democracy to what?” Masina asked, referring to the growing calls within the ANC and civil society for President Jacob Zuma to step down
He pointed out that the ANC won the 2014 general elections with an overwhelming 62% majority and that the policy of the party has never shifted.
“The importance of this is South Africans must be careful, because we have seen and learnt from some of the neighboring countries, like Tunisia, where people went on a rampage to look for change. The sum result is that they have three sitting governments. They don’t know which rule to apply when and how.
“People of Egypt did the same, they went for the Arab Spring through social media, but other seasons have not arrived. Their government is in chaos.
“The policies of the ANC have not shifted, we promised democracy, and over 20 years into democracy we have matured… and now we want to move ahead to make sure that we liberate our people economically and at the centre of it is the issue of the land.”
Once we start raising those things, we are now being turned against our people to become the enemy of the same revolution that we waged, he said.
Mayor Masina said there is a very strong voice from company CEOs, NGOs, religious organisations regarding the current political tension in the country and the party wants to engage them to help lead the country to better and brighter future.
He reminded the people about how the ANC fought hard against apartheid and brought in democracy. He then warned that those who want democracy to fall must tell the country what they are presenting to the people.
“We are not saying people must not speak. But the call should be about where do we take South Africa and it must not be about regime change, because we are a democratic State
He said they want to engage with the CEOs, NGOs, churches and all those who have standing views about the current political situation, but that all parties should be clear about programs in place.