The Democratic Alliance (DA) party has joined the EFF quest to impeach President Zuma as the leader of the nation. This time, the DA Jacob Zuma impeachment move was inspired by the President’s reckless assault on the economy.
This follows the Commander-In-Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) application for Jacob Zuma impeachment at the Constitutional Court.
Julius Malema’s application asked that court to order the Speaker of Parliament to institute impeachment or disciplinary proceedings against President Zuma for conduct associated with the Nkandla scandal, including lying to Parliament on numerous occasions.
EFF in a media statement said:
“Tomorrow is exactly one year since the Concourt handed down its historic judgment in the EFF’s Nkandla application. Since then we have made numerous appeals and wrote several letters to the Speaker of Parliament. All have fallen on deaf ears and have been met with violence by Parliament on EFF MPs.
We approach the Constitutional Court as a last resort based on the belief that Zuma’s conduct around the Nkandla matter, both inside and outside of Parliament, renders him unfit to hold the high office of President of the Republic of South Africa.
…If the application is successful then Baleka Mbele will have no option but to put Zuma on trial so that he can answer directly to the people of South Africa.”
The DA however, expressed that it was the Parliament that hired Jacob Zuma and, that the Parliament must now fire him.
DA specified that the Courts do not have the authority to remove a sitting president. With that, the party called on Members of Parliament to come together regardless of their political affiliation and remove Zuma from the Union Buildings. DA said:
“We…call on all political parties to support our motion – including the South African Communist Party’s (SACP) deployees to Parliament.
This is in light of their public pronouncements earlier today, in which it was confirmed that the removal of Gordhan and Jonas was discussed with its leadership…The SACP, along with the growing and increasingly public opposition to the Zuma leadership within the ANC, are now afforded the opportunity to put action to their words and support our motion.
This is a call to remove Zuma before he destroys our economy and our shared future.”
DA indicated that the motion of no confidence in President Zuma follows the confirmation that he wanted to fire Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, and his Deputy, Mcebisi Jonas.
Already, the DA leader, Mmusi Maimane has written to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Baleka Mbete, asking that the motion be debated and voted on by Parliament once it is back in session.
Maimane wailed that Mr Zuma wont stop playing ‘Russian Roulette’ with the economy and future of South Africa despite 9 million South Africans being jobless.
“Since his reckless and irrational decision to recall Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, and his Deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, from an international roadshow to boost investment, growth and job creation in South Africa, the gains made by Gordhan and Jonas to restore credibility in our economy following the disastrous firing of former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, 15 months ago, have all but been eviscerated.
“This is negatively affecting all South Africans – but in particular the poor and the jobless whose only hope is a growing and inclusive economy.
“Zuma has threatened our economy by dangling the possibility of firing Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, and his Deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, before the country, and before the world, by using a bizarre and seemingly last minute ‘security report’ to justify such removals. This is nothing more than an attempt at total state capture and cannot be accepted,” said the DA leader.
Thereafter, Maimane contended that it is vital that a motion of no confidence be tabled against the “calamitous, corrupt and job-killing Zuma presidency.
“For the sake of the country and the people, it is important that Members of Parliament, regardless of political affiliation, come together and put South Africa and our people first by removing Zuma from the Union Buildings.”
To Maimane, there can be no confidence in such a President like Jacob Zuma.
Meanwhile, the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) said they will continue to rally behind President Zuma until the ANC Conference in December 2017 and the 2019 General Elections.
The Youth League said: “We want to state it categorically that the ANC Youth League will remain the Family of President Zuma, he is welcomed all the time as a father figure and a struggle icon who played a big role to liberate this country in the ANC Youth League.
“We reiterate our support for the President fully and unconditionally…We are calling on the President to continue discharging his duties unabated (including rearranging and strengthening his cabinet).
“(We will henceforth), tackle head on anybody that thinks that they can willy nilly attack the President,” vowed the Youth League.