WANTS EXPANDED POWERS: Embattled South Africa president Jacob Zuma

A new movement calling on President Jacob Zuma to be removed from office is planning demonstrations in Cape Town tomorrow.

The SA First Forum says it will hold a series of pickets to highlight concerns about corruption, state capture and Zuma’s leadership.

Former African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament Vytjie Mentor, who blew the whistle on the Gupta family’s apparent influence over government, is a member of the group.

Anti-Zuma sentiment gained momentum after Zuma sacked Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in December, and reached a new high when the country’s highest court found Zuma breached the Constitution in his handling of the Nkandla saga. 

The court also found Parliament failed in its constitutional obligation to hold the executive accountable for the overspending at Nkandla. 

Two years ago Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released a report stating the president benefitted unduly from the non-security features which formed part of the R246 million project to upgrade his private home in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

CONTROVERSIAL HOME: Zuma's Nkandla home complex
CONTROVERSIAL HOME: Zuma’s Nkandla home complex

 

Madonsela directed him to repay a reasonable portion of the money spent on the project, but he didn’t comply.

The SA First Forum’s Solly Moeng says they want the ANC to remove Zuma from office.

“We’re not pushing any political party. We’re disgruntled South Africans as we feel that South Africa, the Constitution, the people and the country must come first.”

The forum is also calling for the dissolution of Parliament in order to hold fresh elections.

Moeng says South Africa needs a new electoral system to ensure MPs are accountable to the people.

“The MPs must report to the constituencies, not to political party bosses.”

The Zuma must fall is also planning a demonstration in Cape Town tomorrow.

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