Cape Town - The Institute for Accountability in Southern
Africa has urged the ANC to ask President Jacob Zuma
to resign or recall him as
presidential candidate for the May elections.
In a letter to ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe, the
institute said the public protector's findings that Zuma had unduly benefited
from state-funded work on his private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, and
the shadow of corruption charges linked to the 1999 arms deal, made Zuma unfit
for the post.
"We would urge you and your colleagues on the
national executive committee [NEC] of the ANC to reconsider the implications of
persisting with JZ [Jacob Zuma] as your presidential candidate in the
forthcoming elections and to give serious attention to recalling him as
presidential candidate if he does not opt to voluntarily resign," the
institute's director Paul Hoffman wrote.
He said this would be the best way for the ANC to
convince voters that it remained committed to the rule of law and the
He warned the ruling party faced the risk that corruption
charges against Zuma could be reinstated in the next five years, if the DA's
court review of the withdrawal of the charges shortly before the last elections
Given this, and Zuma's track record in office, Hoffman
said it would be irrational to have him run for a second term.
"The problem is that JZ [Zuma] is so compromised and
in such an unmanageable conflict of interest position that he is effectively
incapable of properly fulfilling his obligations, duties and functions as
president of the country."
The NEC is due to meet this weekend.