Over 66,000 sign petition saying #ZumaMustFall

11 December 2015 - 15:12 By Times LIVE

A petition calling for President Jacob Zuma to resign has passed 66,000 signatures in just one day.

"Our unemployment has never been higher. Crime and corruption have become a standard. Government are pillaging our taxes & our economy is at a tipping point," Brent Lindeque, who started the petition, said.

At the time of writing, the petition has gained 66,511.

Earlier this afternoon it was 50,907 supporters.

"This man has totally turned this country upside down. President Mandela & Mbeki worked so hard to make this country what it was back in 2008/9. The world was experiencing a very bad recession while South Africa was stable, thanks to my President's (Thabo Mbeki) great leadership skills. This man continues to make bad decisions and frankly I am just fed up with him. He must fall with immediate effect!!!" one of the signatories, Sixolile Madikizela, wrote.

The petition comes after the president decided to sack former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, replacing him with back bencher and former Merafong Mayor David Van Rooyen.

Markets have not reacted happily to the news - as the already troubled rand entered free fall.

Social media also wasn't happy - as the tag #ZumaMustFall began trending.

According to Jeff Radebe, even cabinet didn't see it coming.

“I don’t think Cabinet had an idea that there was going to be a reshuffle because this was the president’s prerogative,” he said.

The news also came just after former Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni called on government to work to avoid South Africa getting receiving a junk rating.

You can sign the petition on Change.org.