Save SA from 'champion of corruption' Zuma - Pityana

2016-11-23 18:13
Sipho Pityana and Ahmed Kathrada at the announcement of a ‘people’s motion of no confidence’ in Zuma at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. (Mahlatse Gallens, News24)

Sipho Pityana and Ahmed Kathrada at the announcement of a ‘people’s motion of no confidence’ in Zuma at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. (Mahlatse Gallens, News24)

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Johannesburg - The country needs to be saved from President Jacob Zuma, the "champion of corruption", the Save South Africa campaign said on Wednesday.

"We are saying no to a president, who we see as the champion of corruption and sees nothing wrong with ongoing attempts at state capture," said chairperson Sipho Pityana.

He was speaking at the announcement of a "people’s motion of no confidence" in Zuma at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg.

It would include online petitions, silent protests wherever Zuma spoke, and South Africans wearing Save SA doeks and armbands.

They would collect signatures to be submitted to Parliament in 2017, and wanted Parliament to hear their motion.

The campaign, a non-partisan movement, has support from struggle stalwarts, civil society activists, church leaders, and trade unions.

Criticism

READ:Save South Africa taking campaign to provinces

Rivonia trialist Ahmed Kathrada attended the event. He has in the past called for Zuma to step down.

"We urge the National Assembly to hear the people’s motion and to act on its mandate by dealing with President Zuma’s failure to respect his oath of office," he said.

Pityana criticised Zuma for comments over the weekend that he knew there were people who were stealing, and threatened to reveal who they were. Zuma was addressing more than 3 000 ANC supporters at a cadres forum in Pietermaritzburg.

Pityana asked if this made Zuma an accessory to crimes.

"We are saying no to a president who admits that he knows people are stealing from the state, and rather than locking them up, says he would rather bide his time and write a book about it."

Zuma asked Save South Africa who they were saving the country from.

"We must Save South Africa from you, Mr President," Pityana replied.

"Because if we do nothing today, there will be no South Africa to save by 2019."

He blamed Zuma for the worst unemployment levels in 13 years, slow economic growth and social tension at universities, in informal settlements and urban areas.

"The President has failed us, and he must go. He cannot be allowed to continue to violate the Constitution and disrespect his oath of office, or to allow the further capture of our state."

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