Civil society plan to 'force' Zuma out of office

2016-04-17 14:10
President Jacob Zuma (GCIS)

President Jacob Zuma (GCIS) (GCIS)

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Cape Town – South Africa needed to build a mass movement to force President Jacob Zuma to go, civil society organisations said on Saturday.

More than 30 organisations met in Langa, Cape Town where they hatched a plan of action to force Zuma to leave office.

The move followed a recent Constitutional Court judgment that found Zuma had failed to protect and uphold the Constitution when he did not adhere to the remedial actions as directed by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela regarding non-security upgrades to his Nkandla home.

The civil society organisations, called the People’s Assembly, also resolved that Parliament needed to be dissolved.

“This means that we should come out in our multitudes to speak with one voice and say 'enough is enough'. Each one of us will be engaged on mass mobilisation and [will] spread the message and mobilise our communities,” they said in a statement on Sunday.

Mobilise communities

They also called for the right of voters to be able to vote for their own leaders, including mayors and premiers.

“We demand an ethical and moral leadership henceforth and we shall not rest until that is achieved. It is time to take our power back and build the South Africa we want. South Africans must rise and say 'enough is enough',” they said.

To achieve their plan to force Zuma out, the People’s Assembly will on Wednesday, April 27 march to Parliament and occupy the precinct.

They would also mobilise communities by holding rallies, they said.

“We pledge our strength and aim to spare no effort, to fight against a corrupt, greedy and kleptocratic leadership that is preying on the resources of the state to enrich itself at the expense of the people.”

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