Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has finally backed off from the camp of President Jacob Zuma’s loyal cadres.
Manuel, together with AngloGold Ashanti chairperson Sipho Pityana and other veteran members of the African National Congress (ANC) on Thursday, expressed deep concern over the state of the country.
Speaking under the umbrella of a new civil group named – Save South Africa, former finance minister Trevor Manuel urged President Jacob Zuma to honorably resign as South Africa’s president.
He added that the infightings and division rocking the ruling party as a result of its disastrous performance at the municipal election is a sign that it has reached its weakest point.
Addressing Zuma in an e-mailed statement, Save South Africa slammed him for putting his personal interests ahead of the national interest. They also accused him of jeopardizing the independence of key institutions.
With the foregoing, the group said it’s clear that the president has consequently lost the confidence of the people of South Africa.
Meanwhile, the new civil group has requested an urgent meeting with Zuma on Thursday. The purpose of the meeting, as gathered, is to discuss his capacity to provide “the leadership that is required to chart a way to stability, economic growth and the rights and promises contained in the Constitution.”
The group, which has Minister of Public Enterprise Barbara Hogan as one of its prominent and founding members added that it is planning a formal inauguration in a few weeks time.
Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. And I bet you, South Africa’s sitting president has been on pins and needles after he was found guilty of defying Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s recommendation on his Nkandla homestead.
In addition to his woes, Zuma is also battling with the spy tape case. The long-running case was sponsored by the Democratic Alliance.
However, unfazed by criticism from detractors, President Zuma has vowed to complete his tenure come rain or shine.