Ex-Finance Minister voices support for Zuma to resign

BY CHARL BOSCH - APRIL 6, 2016

Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has reportedly joined the call for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

According to reports, Manuel told community broadcaster Soweto TV on Tuesday evening that Zuma’s violating of the Constitution in response to Constitutional Court’s ruling on the upgrades at his private Nkandla homestead, indicates that he should resign as President.

“A violation of key oath of the office of the head of state which I think is in deep crisis. I think it’s in all of our interests that the president steps aside,” Manuel was quoted as saying.

Over the weekend, former Rivonia trialist and African National Congress (ANC) stalwart, Ahmed Kathrada, penned a letter in which he urged Zuma to step down after the Constitutional Court ruled on Friday that the President violated the Constitution by opting to ignore the remedial actions of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla report.

“The unanimous ruling of the Constitutional Court on the Nkandla matter has placed me in an introspective mode and I had to ask myself some very serious and difficult questions. Now that the court has found that the President failed to uphold‚ defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law‚ how should I relate to my President,” Kathrada wrote.

“There comes a time in the life of every nation when it must chose to submit or fight. Today I appeal to our President to submit to the will of the people and resign”.

On Tuesday, a motion by the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to have Zuma impeached was dropped by Parliament, after the ANC used to majority to vote 233 vs 143. Opposition parties subsequently left the Chamber after the voting results were released. 

 

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