EFF and Methodist Church call on Zuma to resign

2016-03-31 20:34

Johannesburg  The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Methodist Church of Southern Africa have called on President Jacob Zuma to resign following Thursday’s ruling by the Constitutional Court.

The Court ordered Zuma to pay back an amount to be determined by the National Treasury for five non-security upgrades – including a visitors’ centre, a swimming pool, a cattle kraal and a chicken run – at his private home in Nkandla.

The National Treasury must report back to the Court within 60 days with a determined amount. The Court ordered Zuma to make the payment within 45 days after that.

In a statement sent out by the EFF, the party called on the ANC to recall Zuma saying he had failed to uphold, defend and protect the constitution as the supreme law of the land.

'Recall criminal'

“We call on the ANC to do the right thing and recall their criminal from the highest office in the land, failure of which we shall institute an impeachment motion in Parliament,” the EFF said.

The party said Zuma could not continue to be president of South Africa as the judgment meant he was "guilty of breaking his oath of office”.

The Methodist Church of Southern Africa also made a call for Zuma to be removed from office saying it would be the honourable thing to do.

“These events call for President Zuma to do the honourable thing and resign to save himself, the ANC and the nation as a whole from further embarrassment and ruin,” it said in a statement.

“We the people of South Africa must put pressure on the ANC and Parliament to ‘assist’ the president to vacate office peacefully and constitutionally.”

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