Last week I tabled a Motion of No Confidence in President Zuma, to be voted on by the National Assembly before the end of this year.
His egregious and damaging attack on Finance Minister Gordhan two weeks ago, in order to replace him with a pliant lackey and thereby gain control of the Treasury, deserves no less a reprisal than forced resignation. This weekend’s explosive revelations – that the Guptas offered Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas R600 000 in cash to take the job of Finance Minister and R600 million if he agreed to “work with” them – removes any last shred of doubt that Zuma and the Guptas are intent on capturing our Treasury.
As the official opposition, it is our duty to use every tool available to us to stop Jacob Zuma’s state capture project. Many ANC MPs have spoken out in the media against Zuma’s conduct – most notably Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu, who has publicly called on the party’s top leaders to step down. But if they truly have South Africa’s best interest at heart, then the appropriate forum is the National Assembly. They should support our motion and force Zuma to resign. Any other platform for objection is merely personal politicking.
If the motion is carried, South Africa and its institutions will be vastly better off for being free of Zuma. If the motion does not pass, the whole ANC will be exposed as a party that failed in its constitutional duty to protect South Africa from corrupt private interests, and their prospects of retaining power after 2019 will significantly diminish.
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