Cosatu calls on Jacob Zuma to resign

By Mieke Vlok
04 April 2017

“We don’t have any belief in his capabilities as a leader any longer."

The labour union Cosatu demanded on Tuesday morning that Jacob Zuma steps down as president of South Africa.

“We don’t have any belief in his capabilities as a leader any longer,” Bheki Ntshalintshali, Secretary General of Cosatu said during a media briefing in Johannesburg.

He added that despite Cosatu’s support of radical economic transformation, it cannot be isolated from the fight against corruption.

This follows the plummeting South Africa economy after the rating agency Standard & Poor’s announced Monday afternoon that South Africa has officially been downgraded to junk status.

Read more: Let’s talk junk: Here’s what you need to know about SA’s new status

It wasn’t an easy decision for Cosatu, the union’s president, Sdumo Dlamini added.

“It’s never too late to take action and ask people to think neutrally and take corrective action.”

The union is apparently looking to meet with members from their central executive committee where it will formally call on president Zuma to resign.

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