The Democratic Alliance (DA) party says the release of the state capture report is a victory for the fight against corruption asserting that Zuma must resign to allow the recommended judicial commission of inquiry.
DA welcomed the remedial action highlighted in the report. It requires the President to appoint within 30 days, a commission of inquiry headed by a judge selected by the Chief Justice.
The party also welcomed the requirement for the Public Protector to bring to the notice of the National Prosecuting Authority and the DPCI (Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation) the matters idntified in the report where crimes have been committed.
Commenting on the report, Mmusi Maimane the federal leader of the DA said:
“The release of the report is another victory for the Constitution, the rule of law, and the fight against corruption and state capture by the Jacob Zuma and the ANC.
Following the findings in this report, Jacob Zuma should do the honourable thing and resign. Given the scale of the state capture that is detailed in the report, which he has allowed and indeed fostered, he cannot continue in office. The Zuma presidency has been a blight on South Africa – only his resignation can help repair the damage he has caused.
The report finds evidence of significant wrongdoing, improper influence, conflicts of interest and outright corruption – much of which is new information, and all of which points directly to President Zuma, Duduzane Zuma and the Guptas. The manner in which Jacob Zuma has conducted himself is completely dishonourable and unbecoming of the nation’s President. He has actively tried to delay the release of this report, disrespected the Office of the Public Protector, and wasted millions of rands of public money in frivolous litigation.”
Should Zuma refuse to resign, the DA will look forward to its Motion of No Confidence in President Zuma being debated in Parliament in the coming weeks.
The DA leader said the motion will hand Parliament the opportunity to end Jacob Zuma’s “disastrous presidency by relieving him of his duties once and for all.”
He argued that the state capture report has given additional weight to the Motion of No Confidence. And, stressed that there is no resonable excuse for the ANC in Parliament to reject the motion in support of Mr Zuma.
“(We) are one step closer to ending state capture and corruption by the ANC once and for all,” Maimane Proclaimed.
Meanwhile, the EFF disclosed that they will also present a Motion of No Confidence saying the president is deep into the pockets of the Guptas.