Busi­ness leader crit­i­cises Zuma over econ­omy

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BUSI­NESS Lead­er­ship South Africa (BLSA) chief ex­ec­u­tive Bo­nang Mo­hale came down hard against Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma on Tues­day, say­ing that busi­ness was in sup­port of his re­moval from power be­cause his ad­min­is­tra­tion had failed to re­vive the econ­omy. Speak­ing at a Fu­ture South Africa rally in the Joburg city hall ahead of the Mo­tion of No-Con­fi­dence vote in Zuma, Mo­hale said it was time for cor­po­rate South Africa to get in­volved in the so­cio-eco­nomic mat­ters of the coun­try. “Busi­ness must get in­volved and de­mand lead­er­ship that leads with cred­i­bil­ity. We can­not be led by peo­ple who do not even un­der­stand deficit, only for them to say they will pick up the rand when it falls,” Mo­hale said. “MPs must also re­mem­ber that they serve the peo­ple. We im­plore 400 MPs to think deeply. They must ac­cept that they have squan­dered an op­por­tu­nity that Madiba af­forded them.” Mo­hale said busi­ness was com­mit­ted to demon­strat­ing through deeds that trans­for­ma­tion was pos­si­ble in South Africa be­cause so­ci­ety was now more frac­tured and racist than ever. He thanked the ju­di­ciary for its role lead­ing to the se­cret vote and mak­ing a rul­ing with­out over­reach­ing, and also thanked Na­tional Assem­bly Speaker Baleka Mbete for putting South Africa first and not “nar­row in­ter­ests”. David Lewis from Cor­rup­tion Watch said ac­tivism for pos­i­tive change must be an on­go­ing process. The Fu­ture SA rally, like the coun­try­wide marches, was at­tended by civil so­ci­ety and labour groups in­clud­ing Cor­rup­tion Watch, Africa Ris­ing, the Ahmed Kathrada Foun­da­tion, Fe­dusa, Saftu as well as Banking As­so­ci­a­tion of South Africa MD Cas Coova­dia, and former Robben Is­lan­der and MK pla­toon com­man­der Laloo Chiba.

PHOTO: NOKUTHULA MBATHA

Bo­nang Mo­hale made it clear busi­ness sup­ported Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s re­moval.

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