Citizens called upon to demand Zuma's removal

Citizens called upon to demand Zuma's removal

Johannesburg - "The Guptas must rot in jail."

That's the sentiment from Tshepo Motsepo, the General Secretary of Equal Education, who joined other lobbyists in calling for President Jacob Zuma's removal from office. 

Last week Equal Education released a statement calling for the prosecution of the Guptas and the recall of President Zuma. It said state capture was ‘a mortal threat to democracy’ and ‘when our democratic state is put into the top pocket of a few rich people’ then ‘the working class and the unemployed, the poor and the historically looted – the black majority – are attacked and further looted’.

Mr.Motsepe said: “We did not have high expectations for a recall. It is becoming clear to us that the level of corruption in government and among ANC members is quite severe.”

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“It will take ordinary citizens to make sure they stop the rot in its tracks ...There is no option; the ANC has abdicated its responsibility as a leader of society … We are calling for government officials that were fired or approached by the Guptas to come forward.”

He asked why such incidents should be reported to the ANC; as corruption charges, they should be reported to the police. He is sceptical that the Hawks can be trusted with such a matter as its investigations now seem “to be used for political games”.

Mr. Motsepe said various progressive organisations were discussing a way forward. There needed to be a thorough investigation. The wealth amassed by the Guptas should not be allowed to leave the country and should be used for health and education. 

Democratic Left Front
On Sunday in a post on Facebook, Mazibuko Jara of the Democratic Left Front said, “By now, the country should have come to a standstill with mass outrage out on the streets and such that the ANC cannot ignore this mass anger ... Ideally, we should mobilise for a week of outrage. Should we do so? How would we do so effectively? We need the unions, the churches, other civil society, etc. Such action and coalition could be used as a springboard for a real united front in action … What do you think?”

"The matters arising out of the Gupterised crisis are so important and severe ... ," he wrote.

National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa
NUMSA General Secretary Irvin Jim tweeted on Sunday that the Secretary General of the ANC Gwede Mantashe, who he called spineless, had spent the week convincing the public that the Zuma and Gupta scandal would be discussed, yet all that emerged was political spin.

Mr. Jim put out a statement that Human Rights Day was “under the shadow of the massive scandal of corruption, cronyism, squandering of public funds, and waste of resources. This is not just because of the actions of one family or a few corrupt politicians, but the inevitable result of creating a neoliberal capitalist state”.

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