With the increasing number of prominent former leaders of South Africa calling on President Zuma to step down, the Ex-Political Prisoners’ Association (EPPA) issued a statement demanding that the anti-Zuma previous leaders stomach their opinions about Mr president.
The association indicated their support for President Zuma as they specified that they aren’t interested in the opinions of anti-Zuma previous leaders.
The statement expressed that the anti-Zuma previous leaders, are free to express their thoughts but must not bore Eppa with calls for Zuma resignation while they are at it.
“Those who were leaders previously should enjoy their freedoms but seek not to bore us with their individual viewpoints as former so-and-so.
This includes Comrades Cheryl Carolus, Trevor Manual and Zwelinzima Vavi,” EPPA’s deputy national secretary- Mpho Masemola asserted on-behalf of the association.
To EPPA, the opinions of these previous leaders arefirst graders do not run to the previous principals in order to address their issues.
We have current leaders of all institutions that were constitutionally appointed. Organisational discipline is the basis of a constitutional democracy and must be respected as such,” EPPA argued.
Referring to Ahmed Kathrada’s open letter which also suggested the President resign from his office, the association said: “Our member and struggle hero, Cde Ahmed Kathrada’s latest statements do not belong to the Kathrada we know. We will meet with him to seek clarity.
Two weeks ago we were involved with his foundation in promoting the cause of the Palestinian people and this was not raised with us.”
Also, the ex-political prisoners’ group required of churches that joined the “Zuma must fall” call to behave as required of them by their good book and accept the President’s apology.
“We appeal to our church leaders to follow their own doctrine of accepting apologies,” begged EPPA .