Six opposition parties apparently coming together to decide the fate of the country, is an indication that South Africa could in a very short while, be liberated from the claws of Zuma.
So far, six opposition parties, including the leaders of the Economic Freedom Front (EFF, Dali Mpofu and Godrich Gardee), United Democratic Movement (UDM, Bantu Holomisa), Democratic Alliance (DA, Mmusi Maimane), Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP, Mangaqa Mncwango), African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP, Kenneth Meshoe) and Congress of the People (Cope, Mosiuoa Lekota) urgently met in Johannesburg to draw up a joint statement on how to collectively achieve the common goal of unseating Zuma once and for all.
The speedy decision to set aside party differences and unite came after the two shocking experiences (Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle and the latest downgrade to junk status by S&P) the country has been into since last week.
The six opposition parties described Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle as a “hostile takeover of the treasury, and selling of the country by Jacob Zuma to a group whose only interests are amassing wealth and weakening the state through the theft of the people’s money and the undermining of the country’s Constitution.
They concluded that they will unanimously fight until Zuma agrees to step down. “The choice South Africans must make is: Zuma or South Africa. The two cannot co-exist,” they said.
“Mr. Zuma is not fit for purpose. He must just once in his life do what is in the best interests of South Africa and resign. We can ill-afford continuing with this rogue man masquerading as president. This downgrade was actively engineered by Mr. Zuma because of his hard-headed attitude and arrogant approach to rational thought about what is good for South Africa,” IFP’s Mkhuleko Hlengwa
This was echoed by the EFF and the DA who had already filed a motion of no confidence in Zuma saying he must resign immediately to allow a new administration to stabilize the economy.
Following these calls from the six opposition parties, ANC stalwarts told the ANC to recall President Jacob Zuma, saying that the party is facing an unprecedented crisis, where its leader is defying party officials and disregarding his comrades, effectively de-linking himself from the party.
Zuma, however, seems not ready to move as a letter from the ANC’s integrity commission’s chairperson, Andrew Mlangeni, to ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe revealed that the body formally requested that President Jacob Zuma resign but he simply refused to do so.
Mlangeni said that the integrity commission was ‘perturbed’ by the reshuffle – particularly Gordhan’s removal, and the wider impact it would have on the South African economy, and in dividing the party even further.
Hence the request from the commission for Zuma to resign as president of South Africa, in the interest of the ANC and the country, and he refused.
“We do not know whether the president informed the officials or the NEC of our request to him to resign, or of his refusal to do so,” Mlangeni said, adding that the commission will have another meeting on 9 April 2017, where it will pose questions to the president about who he consulted with in drawing up his cabinet changes.