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President Jacob Zuma. (AFP)
President Jacob Zuma. (AFP)

A committed South African makes a heartfelt appeal for a national referendum to rid the country of a president who is increasingly being seen as (but not yet proven to be) corrupt. So far, the ANC, has, for all its minority of brave members shouting ‘no more,’ closed political ranks behind President Zuma.

A referendum, while nostalgically remembered for its “whites only,” contribution to the dismantling of apartheid, won’t work legally. That’s according to the Leader of the Opposition, Mmusi Maimane. He was responding to a similar initiative around Gauteng’s e-tolls two years ago. Basically, he said it’s a dead end.

The Constitution makes provision for either the president (in respect of a national referendum) or a premier (in respect of provincial referendum) to call for a referendum in terms of an Act of Parliament. Bit of a Catch-22, given the present incumbents. However, here’s the real rub; 20 years into our democracy, no such Act exists.

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