Activists from South Africa and across the African continent have collectively told President Jacob Zuma to resign in order to protect his identity and the integrity of Africa. The activists told Zuma to avoid being the first South African leader to insist on holding on to power to the detriment of the people.
Yesterday, thirteen activists told Zuma to quit through an open letter to him urging him not to put his thirst for power first before the interest of the people.
The activist have joined a fast growing chorus of people calling on president Jacob Zuma to step down following the last week’s historic constitutional court ruling on the expenses made on his Nkandla homestead.
Apart from using public fund to upgrade his private home, the Constitutional Court also found that the president did not uphold, defend and respect the constitution as a result of his failure to comply with the public protector’s report on the Nkandla debacle.
In 2014, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela directed the president to pay back a portion of the money spent on upgrading his private home which he failed to do.
Among the activists was Suntosh Pillay who says Zuma has lost the moral authority to lead the country and therefore, he must quit. Pillay went ahead to trace the history of South African leaders who put the country first and resigned when they saw that it was in the best interest of the people.
“The decision needs to be made by him. He needs to look deep within his conscience. Nelson Mandela did it when he realised he needed to step aside, Thabo Mbeki did it when he was recalled. Kgalema Motlanthe did it when he realised he was only a temporary president. We don’t have a history in South Africa of people clinging onto power.”
Meanwhile, there was a gathering of some illustrious members of the civil society and the ANC on the steps of the Constitutional Court on Wednesday demanding that President Jacob Zuma must go as he has been bedeviled by numerous scandals recently.
They termed the gathering “a civil society call to action” where some prominent members of the society were in attendance.