Amidst growing calls for Zuma to resign, the North West Forum joins opposition parties and other disgruntled members of the ruling ANC to call for Zuma’s removal.
Making its announcement on Monday, the group asked Zuma and the embattled North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo to resign from office so the people would be able to take control of the country.
The North West Forum made of the Economic Freedom Fighters, Democratic Alliance, Forum 4 Service Delivery, SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) and other trade unions said its been long the affairs of the country has been captured by the few rich and corrupt politicians. But now, according to them, power has to change hands.
“The people of SA must take control of government… When the state president resigns the cabinet dissolves, this paved a way for a coalition government. We are saying let there be a coalition government until 2019.
The people of SA are speaking in the same language that Zuma must resign,” said convener of the North west forum Puseletso Molise as he calls on both Zuma and Mahumapelo to heed to people’s call.
Elaborating further on why it want Mahumapelo to step down, Forum chair Bettey Diale said they share the sentiment of the North West Business Forum that Mahumapelo must resign because he is corrupt and unrepentant of his corrupt actions.
“The premier is corrupt…The government [provincial government] has no buildings, the state sold the building and in turn rented them. The premier wants to remove state money from Absa to VBS Mutual Bank, the bank that gave Zuma money to pay back Nkandla money.”
The forum planned a mass picketing at the North West Provincial Legislature on Wednesday, to coincide with the national call for President Jacob Zuma to resign, various protest marches in Rustenburg, Klerksdorp, Mahikeng and Vryburg before April 21.
This will be followed by a mass protest which would be held in Marikana on May 1 as part of the North West province to put Zuma and Mahumapelo to resign.
“The premier has not denied that he is corrupt, he sent us lawyers letter to silent us. We dare him to continue with the legal suit. It will gave us a rare opportunity to go with him pound for pound to tell the court and show evidence of corruption,” said general secretary Sello Mogodiri at the time.
In February the North West Business Forum protesters (NWBF) called for Mahumapelo to resign, claiming he was corrupted. The group, however met a hash reaction from the premier who dragged them to court on urgent basis but, later withdrew the matter on the court roll.
The call for Zuma to resign stands as one of the most turbulent issues engrossing the country so far. Opposition parties have taken it upon themselves to ensure that the dream of having Zuma leave the Presidential seat is achieved.
Like the North West forum, the EFF, DA, IFP, UDM, ACDP, Cope and the APC will be marching to the Union Buildings this week as mounting calls for the president to step down continue.
Having held a briefing ahead of the protest, the opposition parties look at making the week’s protest march more daring and en massing than the previous one.
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa once again appealed to ANC MPs to do the right thing and vote against the president when Parliament tables a motion of no confidence next week.
“If they fail to hear the loud cries of South Africans to remove their junk status president, the people must unite in dictating their own destiny.” He said.
The EFF leader Julius Malema also appealed to ANC MP who are no longer happy with Zuma’s government to choose between the country and the president.
“They are not going to kill you, they are going to take your job, and you’re scared to save a country because you want to keep a job.” he charged them pointing out that the march against Zuma was to show that South Africa can no longer afford to have a president who has put the nation into junk status.
Meanwhile, the ANC youth league have vowed to physically deal with any of its members who chose to use a public platform to criticize the organisation with what it calls unfounded statements.
The organization proved their point when they disrupted memorial service for struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada where the axed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan tried to criticize the ANC during his speech.
“We are going to go to the extent now of people who are embarrassing the organisation, of grabbing them from the stage, because we can’t have a situation where people just anyhow embarrass the organisation and spread lies about the organisation.” said the league’s secretary general Njabulo Nzuza who also noted that they’ll also be instructing the ANC’s disciplinary committee to look at Gordhan’s comments against the party.