Zuma must go, say par­ties


OP­PO­SI­TION po­lit­i­cal par­ties – the EFF, UDM, COPE and the United Front – gath­ered at the head­quar­ters of the EFF in Ko­mani on Wed­nes­day in sup­port of a mo­tion for Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to step down as pres­i­dent.

In ad­di­tion, the par­ties called for Enoch Mgjima Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity ex­ec­u­tive mayor Lindiwe Gunuza-Nk­wentsha to step down.

“Since the na­tional call made on April 7 2017 for Zuma to step down due to se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions that were made against him – which, with­out doubt, are true – we as the present po­lit­i­cal par­ties of EMLM are sup­port­ing the mo­tion. We do not have a prob­lem with him as a per­son or as pres­i­dent of the ANC, but we have a prob­lem of him be­ing the pres­i­dent of South Africa,” United Front mem­ber Aaron Mhlonto said.

Mhlontlo said par­ties were con­cerned about the lack of a de­ci­sion on a se­cret bal­lot which had been en­trusted to speaker Baleka Mbete.

Mhlontlo said there was also con­cern that the DA had not at­tended the me­dia brief­ing.

On Au­gust 8, the op­po­si­tion par­ties will hold a march that will start at the Mzingisi Sk­weyiya Hall and end at the Town Hall to hand over a pe­ti­tion and mem­o­ran­dum to coun­cil speaker Mzox­olo Pe­ter.

Re­gional EFF co­or­di­na­tor Lin­dani Md­lokolo said: “We do not want the mayor, be­cause she has failed EMLM.

“Peo­ple do not have elec­tric­ity, wa­ter and no ac­cess to land. Peo­ple are tired of Gunuza-Nk­wentsha, she is tak­ing this mu­nic­i­pal­ity down the drain. We be­lieve the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is for the peo­ple, not for her.”

EFF chief whip Luthando Amos said claims of the theft of a cow from the mu­nic­i­pal pound, lev­elled against Gunuza-Nk­wentsha, had been taken to the Hawks and the pub­lic pro­tec­tor. The party wanted a se­cret bal­lot to al­low for a vote of no con­fi­dence against the mayor.

DA chief whip Zuko Mandile said when his party had the #Zu­maMustFall cam­paign ear­lier this year, the EFF, UDM and COPE did not at­tend.

Mandile said the DA had also not re­ceived a for­mal in­vi­ta­tion to the meet­ing.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

NEW AD­DI­TION: An artist’s de­pic­tion of the pro­posed new R3-bil­lion cam­pus for WSU in Ko­mani

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