About 700 residents of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality gathered at the Dan Qeqe stadium in Zwide on Thursday for a Freedom Day meeting centred on calls for the removal of President Jacob Zuma.
Save South Africa founder Sipho Pityana told the crowd: “Jacob Zuma must go now.”
He said Zuma was blocking an investigation into the State of Capture report filed by the former public protector Thuli Madonsela. “How dare anybody sell our country to the Guptas and the Russians? This country is not for sale. South Africa is not for sale,” said Pityana.
He said faith groups, trade unions and opposition political parties were all calling for Zuma to go. “Even the masses and the veterans in the ANC are saying so. Why is the ANC not recalling him? What kind of ANC is capable and willing to tolerate a leader who is so immoral, so corrupt and greedy and who cares for nobody but himself, his family and his cronies?”
Pityana urged ANC members not to “hide” during the parliamentary vote on the motion to remove Zuma. “The time has come for the ANC to act. This is not the time for cowards. It is the time for leadership.”
“Leadership is not about positions, but about standing up and doing the right thing even if it is painful to do that,” said Pityana. “True leaders must stand up and cowards get out of the way.” Pityana said his movement was not fighting only for the removal of Jacob Zuma,