Mazibuko: Zuma has not earned respect

Johannesburg - DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said President Jacob Zuma has not earned respect  from the South African citizens and political parties.

The statement was made on Monday at a Democratic Alliance (DA) rally in Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg.

"To earn our respect, he [Zuma] must deliver on the promise of employment for young people," said Mazibuko.

"He must run a government that is clean, that delivers to the people instead of collecting wealth for itself and must be accountable and transparent."

Mazibuko said respect for democratically elected leaders had to be earned and was not a "given".

She said Zuma had failed to earn respect from opposition parties and the people of South Africa as he built "a palace" for himself in Nkandla and "allowed" a jet chartered by the Gupta family to land at the Waterkloof Air Force Base.

The opposition parliamentary leader said she would always respect president Zuma as "that is my job as a human being and as a parliamentarian."

She continued that she would "never reflect on his personal life."

However, what she was not willing to do was "simply respect, bow, keep my mouth shut when there is so much that he is failing to do to for the people of this country."

The DA was in Alexandra to commemorate the June 17, 1976 youth riots.

Mazibuko laid a wreath at the grave of Japie Vilankulu, the first Alexandra youth to die during the riot which was a spillover from the June 16, 1976 Soweto uprising.


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