South Africa’s military chief has denounced as incitement the demand by a union representing troops that President Jacob Zuma should step down.
The South African National Defence Force Union (SANDFU) said on Friday that Mr Zuma was no longer “fit and proper” to remain commander-in-chief because of the ruling by the country’s highest court that he had breached the constitution.
The union’s statement was provocative and incited soldiers, which was illegal, said the chief of the South African National Defence Force, Gen Solly Shoke, told the local media.
The union says it has some 16,000 members.
Mr Zuma is due to face an opposition-sponsored impeachment motion in parliament tomorrow, but it is expected to be defeated because of the majority commanded by the governing African National Congress (ANC).
Anti-apartheid veterans, including Ahmed Kathrada who was jailed on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela, have called for his resignation.
Mr Zuma denies being corrupt, and says he did not deliberately violate the constitution.
South Africa’s anti-corruption tsar Thuli Madonsela ruled two years ago that Mr Zuma had “unduly benefited” from the upgrades to his home in the rural area of Nkandla.
Meanwhile a nephew of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, Khulubuse Zuma, has dismissed media reports that he is hiding his wealth offshore.
“He does not hold an offshore account and never held one,” his spokesman Vuyo Mkhize is quoted as saying.
Khulubuse Zuma’s name appears in documents leaked from one of the world’s most secretive companies, Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, South African media reports.