Capetonians express anger, frustration over Zuma

2016-04-11 17:02
President Jacob Zuma (AFP)

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Cape Town - "He should be locked up... he's a criminal!" stammers an irate elderly woman on the side of a busy Somerset Street in Green Point, Cape Town.

Her anger was typical of most Capetonians polled by News24 on Monday, at a time when the ANC is fending off calls from many sectors of South Africa for President Jacob Zuma to throw in the towel.

With the landmark Constitutional Court judgment on Nkandla, and Zuma's relationship with the Gupta brothers firmly in the spotlight, the ruling party's secretary general, Gwede Mantashe, was recently quoted as saying that the ANC hopes to win back trust in the party.

For now, though, it seems that President Zuma is not going anywhere.

So, it's not surprising in a city where #ZumaMustFall banners are put up overnight, that many of the locals interviewed are upset with the status quo.

While some may argue it's easy to gather anti-Zuma quotes in a Democratic Alliance stronghold, the fact remains that of the more than a dozen people polled across a wide spectrum, almost all seemed in agreement: Zuma should call it a day.

A tourist weighs in on the issue: "Even us in Norway, we've heard [allegations that] Zuma is shady. So yeah, you should probably get rid of the guy."

Again, this doesn't come as a shock, given all the recent international news coverage about Zuma on Bloomberg, CNN, BBC and The New York Times.

A passing homeless man seems surprised to be asked his opinion on politics, and so he chooses to let it all out.

"He's doing whatever he feels like doing and he doesn't care about us on the street having to suffer every day with no money for bread or milk," shouts the short man in ragged, dirty clothes.

'Someone up there thinks he belongs there'

He goes on to say that he's struggling to pay for a new Smart ID card, so that he can vote.

"I believe in democracy."

Another man, out on lunch, doesn't hold back either.

"So far, he's caught [up in] shit, but he's probably there for a reason. We don't know the reason, but someone up there thinks he belongs there, and that's why he's been there for so long!"

A pensioner tells me she's buckling under the pressure of the country's sluggish economy.

"Prices are going up. Petrol is going up... what for? Because he's running the country,"

Civil society organisations and religious groups, including Section 27 and Corruption Watch, are planning to hold a mass march on April 27, Freedom Day.

Despite flak from many quarters, there are bodies other than the ANC which support Zuma.

The Ex-Political Prisoners' Association earlier attacked ruling party stalwarts, like Ahmed Kathrada, who have taken a public stand asking for the President's removal, claiming they "are bitter former position holders".

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