Mob of nine marches on JZ

19 April 2016 - 02:23 By Penwell Dlamini

"Mr president, we understand the ANC cannot yield to opposition tactics [to step down]. Just take a sabbatical until the next general elections. It will be good for your health." This was a call made by members of the Concerned Citizens Forum in a memorandum they submitted to Luthuli House in central Johannesburg yesterday after marching from Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown.The protesters, nine people accompanied by a van fitted with a loudspeaker, were determined to have their voices heard."It is not the number of people who came with us," said the convener Ray Russon. "It is the people we are representing - church leaders, unions, non-profit organisations and ordinary citizens who are not happy with what is happening in our country."The van driving ahead of the protesters played a recording of Nelson Mandela's inauguration speech: "Never and never again ...", followed by the national anthem and Shosholoza.Russon handed over the memorandum to Babylon Xeketwana, from the office of the ANC deputy secretary-general, Jessie Duarte.The memorandum read: "We acknowledge the work that the ANC has done for our country ... but the ANC has reached a stage where its so-called good story has become a sour story to tell ... yes, we agree that nobody must tell you to remove your president except your members ..."We wish to remind you he is also our president and therefore we have a right to voice our frustration."Seeing we have no legal instrument to remove the president, as citizens we appeal for the president to step down or alternatively take a sabbatical leave. This would be good for his own health."Russon said the nation had already spoken out against Zuma and the ruling party had to oblige.Following the Constitutional Court judgment on March 31, which ruled that Zuma had failed to observe his oath of office in his handling of the Nkandla report, there have been growing calls from civil society, religious leaders and former ANC MPs for him to step down from his office.But the ANC has rejected the calls and has asked the nation to wait for its branches to discuss the judgment and then advise the party on the best course of action...

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