Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane during the party's proposed new presidential handbook reveal in Rosebank on September 15, 2016 in Johannesburg.
JOHANNESBURG – President Jacob Zuma remains the single biggest impediment to South Africa’s success and needs to resign or be recalled immediately, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said on Sunday.
"For South Africa to navigate its way out of this crisis, in the face where there’s a government escalating a war with itself, we need the right leadership at the helm of our country. Jacob Zuma has failed to provide that needed leadership, and he’ll not do so in the next coming weeks, or months, or certainly in the future of this country."
"The call for him to step down must be joined by South Africans from all walks, who say he’s unfit to become the president of the republic," Maimane said.
Mmusi Maimane - The removal of Jacob Zuma will bring a stop to this project of state capture.— Bafana Nzimande (@nzimandebafana) October 16, 2016
"For South Africa to move forward, Jacob Zuma must go."
The DA has also called on South Africans to come out in their numbers and march in support of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
"We call upon all South Africans to be in Pretoria on the 2nd of November. We all need to stand together in this time of crisis," Maimane said.
Maimane used the opportunity to lambaste the speaker of Parliament on Baleka Mbete, to separate her roles in parliament and in the ANC.
"I also want to highlight that in the nature of the report even on state capture, that Baleka Mbete has acted fundamentally in the interests of the executive rather than in the interests of South Africa.
"She must think as the speaker of the National Assembly, rather than thinking as chairperson of the ANC," he said.
The DA is preparing to table a motion for debate in the National Assembly soon, arguing that Parliament needs to remain accountable, and "to ensure that that motion debates whether parliament can do its job, in support of national treasury and ensuring we fight corruption, " Maimane said.
DA's Mmusi Maimane says the intended motion to Parliament will be seeking ways to "protect [National] Treasury".— Xoli Mngambi (@XoliMngambi) October 16, 2016
"The role of parliament is absolutely critical because it is the apex of accountability in our nation, and if we fail to have a working parliament, we also allow the project of state capture as envisaged by Jacob Zuma, to then continue further to parliament," he added.
"So therefore, while Jacob Zuma has a battle for complete executive control in the National Treasury, and a pursuit that, without his hands on the purse-string, he’s unable to hand out patronage on the scale that he desires and push through projects which will benefit those of his friends and his families and his cronies."
On the fees must fall campaign Maimane said the country's tertiary education system is on the brink of collapse. He said that those who continue to advocate for campus-shut downs are "not animated by a desire to help poor students."
DA's Maimane says of #FeesMustFall campaign, "I cannot in any way support a continued shutdown", because of potential negative consequences.— Xoli Mngambi (@XoliMngambi) October 16, 2016
Maimane was addressing the media at Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia on Sunday afternoon on a number of matters which have gripped the country in recent weeks, as well the steps his party plans to take going forward.
“We call on all those who love our country, and our Constitution, to stand-together and echo this plea for Jacob Zuma to resign, or to be recalled by his party. It is time for those ANC MPs and Cabinet Ministers, who reserve their outrage for selective quotes in Sunday newspapers, to make their voices heard when it matters most. Join us in calling for Jacob Zuma to go,” Maimane said. -- Additional reporting: African News Agency