Have you been informed that there’s a ‘Save South Africa’ civil organisation mobilizing South Africans to stand up against His Excellency and remove him as the leader of the nation?
Reports have it that the ‘Save South Africa’ steering committee has invited President Zuma for an urgent meeting to discuss a “proposed action” that will assure his honorable removal as South Africa’s President.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the committee is led by Sipho Pityana. Other prominent members are the former finance minister Trevor Manuel, former public enterprises minister Barbara Hogan, Kathrada Foundation chief executive Shan Bolton, ANC’s Gugu Ndima and Section 27’s Mark Haywood.
In a letter, Save South Africa informed Mr. President that it’s now clear he can’t provide the leadership required to trigger economic growth and the realization of the rights and promises contained in the constitution.
The civil organisation expressed deep concern about the state of South Africa and asked Zuma to reconsider his position as head of state.
To them, Zuma is yet to fully understand and implement the Constitutional Court ruling on the Nkandla issue.
Excerpt from the letter read:
“We request an opportunity to meet with you to discuss our concerns and the proposed action we believe you should take.
In particular, whether you can still be trusted and relied upon to be faithful to the Republic of South Africa, and obey, observe, uphold and maintain the constitution and all other laws of the republic as well as the other solemn commitments made when you took the oath of office.
The court found you were in breach of your oath of office in that you failed to uphold and respect the constitution as the supreme law of the land.
A careful and contextual examination of the unanimous judgment delivered by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng indicates that this constitutes a violation of grave constitutional import.
We suggest, Mr President, that you have put your personal interests ahead of the national interest, jeopardizing the independence of key institutions and you have consequently lost the confidence of the people of South Africa.”
With that, the group counseled Zuma saying the only honorable course of action open to him is to resign and allow the National Assembly elect a president who will take the solemn oath of office seriously.
“We wish to notify you that should you elect not to resign, we intend to approach the Speaker of the National Assembly requesting her to engage with all the members of Parliament to similarly consider the judgment properly and then take the appropriate measures to remove you as president in terms of section 89(1)(a) of the constitution,” Save South Africa told Zuma.