Following recent controversies over Zuma’s alleged corrupt practices leading to the alleged state capture, opposition party, the DA has intensified calls that Zuma must go so the country could regain itself.
The party’s leader, Mmusi Maimane re-echoed the call that Zuma must go saying the nation’s Constitution, for which so many people fought and died, is yet again under attack by Jacob Zuma and his cronies who had succeeded in placing themselves and the majority party, above the Constitution.
“The effects are now clear to see. Key institutions of state have been captured, and are sites of battle between warring factions of the ANC. Deputy President Ramaphosa is correct: the government is at war with itself.
“Those who resist their incorporation into Zuma Inc now face the force of state institutions loyal to Jacob Zuma.
“While nearly 9 million South Africans are without work or hope, while the gap between rich and poor becomes ever wider, while our higher education institutions are literally on fire, governing in the interests of the people becomes a distant concern for the Zuma government, dashing the hopes and ruining the prospects of millions of South Africans to pursue a life they value,” He said,
This comes at the time former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela announced the readiness of her investigation report on the alleged state capture by Gupta family linking to Zuma.
Thuli handed over to The new Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Saturday and agreed to President Zuma’s petition to keep the report on state capture safely under lock and key in Parliament, ready to be given to her successor on Monday.
This, if released could further weaken’s people’s support for Zuma who has been accused of running the government with his cronies, especially the Guptas.
Speaking on this, DA’s Maimane said that Zuma must go because he has never provided the needed leadership, and will not do so in the future. He remains the single biggest impediment to our country’s success.
He went on to say that for the country to set itself free from the current economic and political woes faced by all “we need the right leadership at the helm.”
“That is why it is more important than ever before that Jacob Zuma steps down as President of the Republic, therefore,” he said,
“For for South Africa to move forward again, Jacob Zuma must go., therefore,
The party calls on all those who are concerned about the state of the nation and “our Constitution, to stand-together and echo this plea for Jacob Zuma to resign, or to be recalled by his party.
It is time for those ANC MPs and Cabinet Ministers, who reserve their outrage for selective quotes in Sunday newspapers, to make their voices heard when it matters most. Join us in calling for Jacob Zuma to go, DA’s Maimane noted.
Meanwhile, the party plans to table a motion in support of National Treasury and its efforts to fight corruption saying that Zuma was seriously battling to gain full executive control of the National Treasury
Without his hands on the purse strings, he is unable to hand out the patronage on the scale that he desires, and push through projects which will benefit his family, friends, and cronies, DA’s Maimane said, pointing out that preventing National Treasury from being incorporated into Zuma Inc is a matter of national importance, which should be supported by all those South Africans who want to protect our Constitution and root-out corruption.
“As the elected assembly of the people, Parliament has its role to play in this regard. On too many occasions, due to the ANC’s cowardly support for the executive, this institution has found itself on the side of corruption instead of accountability. This must come to an end.”
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It is therefore for this reason that the DA will table a motion in Parliament requesting the House’s support for National Treasury’s efforts to fight corruption and State Capture.
The party said if the ANC Chief Whip is serious about being more than a commentator in the media, he will instruct his caucus to support this motion.