President Jacob Zuma remains the single biggest impediment to South Africa’s success and needs to resign or be recalled immediately, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said on Sunday.
“For South Africa to navigate its way out of this crisis, in the face where there’s a government escalating a war with itself, we need the right leadership at the helm of our country. Jacob Zuma has failed to provide that needed leadership, and he’ll not do so in the next coming weeks, or months, or certainly in the future of this country.”
“The call for him to step down must be joined by South Africans from all walks, who say he’s unfit to become the president of the republic,” Maimane said.
“For South Africa to move forward, Jacob Zuma must go.”
Maimane used the opportunity to lambaste the speaker of Parliament on Baleka Mbete, to separate her roles in parliament and in the ANC.
“I also want to highlight that in the nature of the report even on state capture, that Baleka Mbete has acted fundamentally in the interests of the executive rather than in the interests of South Africa.
“She must think as the speaker of the National Assembly, rather than thinking as chairperson of the ANC,” he said.
“The role of parliament is absolutely critical because it is the apex of accountability in our nation, and if we fail to have a working parliament, we also allow the project of state capture as envisaged by Jacob Zuma, to then continue further to parliament,” he added.
“So therefore, while Jacob Zuma has a battle for complete executive control in the National Treasury, and a pursuit that, without his hands on the purse-string, he’s unable to hand out patronage on the scale that he desires and push through projects which will benefit those of his friends and his families and his cronies.”