“Zuma must resign during SONA” - Maimane


Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane, has said it would be in the country’s best interest for President Jacob Zuma to announce his resigning during this evening’s State of the Nation Address.

In a statement, Maimane said the country could no longer afford for Zuma to “hop from one scandal to the next”, while protecting “his cronies and himself”.

“Our country remains on the verge of economic meltdown due to low economic growth, spiraling corruption, rising unemployment, a nationwide drought, rising inflation, and failed service delivery. It cannot continue any longer,” he said.

“When taking his oath of office, President Zuma swore to “be faithful to the Republic of South Africa” and “obey, observe, uphold and maintain the Constitution”. Following the revelations in the Constitutional Court earlier this week, it is clear that the President didn’t mean a single word he said.

“The only way South Africans will experience the promise of a better life for all, is when Jacob Zuma is no longer the President of our country”.

On Monday, Zuma’s lawyer, Jeremy Gauntlett, told the Court that the President had accepted the findings of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Secure in Comfort report, and that he acted in bad faith after opting not to pay back a portion of the R246-million spent on security upgrades as his Nkandla homestead.

Security inside Parliament is likely to remain tight following threats by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), that it would disrupt proceedings if Zuma does not provide reasoning up front for his decision to fire Nhlanhla Nene as Finance Minister in December last year.