'Shoot Zuma‚ shoot the Guptas' protesters sing outside Constitutional Court
The songs that opposition party members chanted outside the Constitutional Court on Tuesday had one clear message for President Jacob Zuma: “Pay back the money!”
Opposition parties chanted and danced outside the court in Braamfontein‚ Johannesburg‚ while it heard arguments from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) about Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on the money spent to upgrade Zuma’s private home in Nkandla.
The EFF and the DA want the Constitutional Court to order Zuma to implement Madonsela’s directive that he ought to repay a portion of the costs for non-security upgrades. They say the Speaker of the National Assembly and the President failed to fulfil their constitutional obligations when they failed to ensure that Madonsela's directives were obeyed.
The songs sung by members of the DA and opposition party Congress of the People (Cope) mostly called for Zuma to pay back the money.
“Voetsek [go away] man‚ f*** off man‚ bhatala tshelete [pay the money]‚” they sang in one of the songs.
“Dubul’uZuma‚ dubula’ iGuptas [shoot Zuma‚ shoot the Guptas]‚” another song went.
Cope members chanted: “Zuma ulimene mene [Zuma is a liar]".
Some EFF members stood around waiting for the rest of their members to arrive after marching from Newtown. All entrances to the court were cordoned off and only members of the media were allowed access.