09:01 pm
23 June 2017

Former VP and Caretaker President, Motlanthe reiterates call for Zuma to resign

Shem, poor baba. The heat is really getting turn up to piping on President Jacob Zuma. Since his rogue cabinet reshuffle last week, a number of ANC heavies have called him out on his bullshit and a number of others have called on him to step down. Even the ANC’s integrity commission wants him gone.

Now, former South African president  Kgalema Motlanthe has added his voice to the chorus…again. At Ahmed Kathrada’s funeral last week, he quoted a letter written by the struggle veteran which calls for Zuma to resign. He received a standing ovation.

In an interview with Bloomberg, he said that President Zuma appeared “irrational” at times.

“He doesn’t come across as someone who thinks about what is in the national interests or what is in the organisational interests, but seems to be driven by an agenda based on vested interests. That’s why to an observer there’s a measure of irrationality to what he does.”

The reshuffle, which included the firing of Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas, has plunged the rand to its worst-performing against the dollar since March 27, the day Zuma demanded Gordhan be recalled from an investor roadshow in London ahead of being fired, weakening 7.9%.

Motlanthe said that Zuma needs to step down because he breached his oath of office.

“Simply because the apex court, the highest court in the land, has judged him to have breached oath of office.”

Motlanthe said that senior party leaders should shoulder at least some of the blame for the current situation.

“We seem to be in a situation where if he commits mistakes, the leadership of the ANC says we are defending the organisation and therefore countenance the mistakes under the guise of defending the organisation. Over time they have countenanced his mistakes and actually defended him, and in the process they are complicit in the wrongdoing.”

Motlanthe said the ANC has some serious questions to answer.

“The question today that confronts us is: ‘What do you do when the organisation is led by the most incorrigible people? How will the ANC save itself if it is led by the most incorrigible people?’”

“Incorrigibility means you don’t leave, you continue, so you don’t deal with the scandal that occurs today because tomorrow you are confronted by a new one, a fresh one. So it goes on and on.”

And just to drive the point home, when asked about the possibility of standing as party leader (if asked) when Zuma is due to step down this year, he said:

“No, I will not accept. I don’t think in that sense I belong to the ANC quite frankly,. I don’t see the value of joining crooked people. I think the way to relate to crooked people is to stay away from them.”