South Africa: President Jacob Zuma must vacate his position if the ANC wants South Africans to take it seriously.
This is the view of the SA Municipal Workers Union’s national executive committee on Friday after its meeting in Polokwane.
“The NEC is convinced that for the ANC to instil confidence that it still is a leader of society‚ President Jacob Zuma should vacate his office immediately as a deployee of the ANC without attaching any conditions. This would not only allow the ANC to cleanse itself but also avoid a situation of two centres of power.
“We‚ therefore‚ welcome the decision by Parliament to postpone the State of the Nation Address to allow the ANC to deal decisively with the issue of President Zuma. We believe that President Zuma should not be the one delivering the State of the Nation Address and that he should have vacated office before the SONA is presented‚” SAMWU said.
The union also turned on newly-elected ANC secretary general Ace Magashule.
“We are concerned by the divisive tone of the Secretary General of the ANC‚ who seemingly wants President Zuma to continue holding on to power by all means necessary. The SG is not doing any justice to the organisation with his utterances‚ particularly those he made in Pietermaritzburg recently when he said the ANC will be returned in 5 years. Where is the ANC now if it has to be returned‚” Samwu said in its official statement.
Zuma has been under constant pressure since Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa became the leader of the ANC.
This week‚ ANC treasurer general Paul Mashatile told delegates at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Tuesday that the national executive committee of the ANC had planned to oust Zuma after a meeting on Wednesday. That was before the meeting was cancelled.
Zuma’s reluctance to step down has resulted in the State of the Nation Address being postponed to allow the ANC to deal with internal problems of removing Zuma as state president.