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REPORT: Ex-ANC members join calls for Zuma to leave

By Charl Bosch - Apr 6, 2016
REPORT: Ex-ANC members join calls for Zuma to leave

A number of former African National Congress (ANC) members have reportedly voiced their support for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

According to reports, civil society bodies and religious originations gathered at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg on Wednesday, to demand that Zuma resign after the Constitutional Court last week found that he violated the Constitution by ignoring the remedial actions of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla report.

Those spotted at the meeting included former Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils, ex-ANC Deputy Secretary General Cheryl Carolus and former Congress of South African Trade Unions General (COSATU) Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

The latest report comes after former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel told community television station Soweto TV that Zuma should consider stepping down having violated his oath office. Last week, struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada penned a letter in which he called for the President to “submit to the will of the people and resign”.

Democratic Alliance (DA) Chief Whip John Steenhuisen has meanwhile confirmed that the party would be launching a Parliamentary disciplinary process against ANC MP’s, after the ruling party used is majority in Parliament on Tuesday to dismiss a motion of impeachment in Zuma.

“Yesterday, ANC MPs missed a prime opportunity to stand up for South Africa’s Constitution and remove the President, they instead voted to keep him in office so that they could keep their seats,” Steenhuisen said.

ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu has however played the party’s rejection of the motion down, saying the Court never enquired about the suitability of Zuma’s conduct to hold office.

“Had they done so, we can assure you, that in fact, the matter would not have come from to the assembly,” Mthembu told media in Parliament on Wednesday.