The Congress of the People (COPE) has expressed that President Zuma and his entire government must be fired.
COPE offered the expression in reaction to the call from Gauteng ANCYL for Premier David Makhura to resign over the death of 94 mentally ill patients in the province.
As it happened, the mentally ill patients died after the Province’s Health Department negligently moved them from the licensed Life Esidimeni private homes to 27 unlicensed facilities.
After Health Ombudsman authenticated the deaths, Gauteng ANCYL demanded of Makhura to resign.
To COPE however, the call for the Gauteng Premier to step down is hypocrisy, selective and all about ANC faction infighting.
The party said it is not surprised about the selective agitation of Gauteng ANCYL.
“If their demand is genuine and honest, they must go further to say Mr Jacob Zuma and his entire government must be fired also; the buck stops with Zuma.”
With the above, COPE charged that President Zuma, Makhura and Qedani Mahlangu must be criminal prosecuted for the death of the mentally-ill patients .
“…They must all be charged with capable homicide. We say the time has long pass where only the foot soldiers must take responsibility and those in high offices carry on with their lives as if nothing happened.
“This has happened during Apartheid government and we must never allow it to happen in a democratic government. Zuma must shame himself that so many people died under his leadership.
“(He) presided over the Marikana massacre, the cold-blooded murder of Andries Tatane and many others who died demanding their basic human rights,” stated Cope.
Afterward, COPE wondered how Zuma sleeps at night knowing that the most vulnerable in society died of hunger and dehydration.
“…We don’t believe that Zuma can have peace with himself,” COPE remarked and urged Hawks to investigate the NGO’s involved, lifestyle audits of the former MEC Qedani, the owners of the facilities involved and all government officials that were directly involved in the project.
To COPE, it’s ideal to establish if there were corrupt activities at the expense of the 94 mentally ill patients.
Above all, the party upheld that Zuma has again, as usual; failed “to lead from the front. Zuma must go,” COPE declared.