Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has branded members of the African National Congress (ANC) as liars and hypocrites for continuously voting against the removal of President Jacob Zuma.
Maimane said last week that attempts to remove Zuma haven't failed, despite the fact that he remains South Africa's head of state.
"To say that the motions of no confidence have failed is to view it in a very narrow manner. A motion of no confidence is a constitutional mechanism used to hold the president to account, furthermore, this is the role of the National Assembly, the only house that has a constitutional mandate to remove the president," said Maimane.
Maimane added that despite many ANC members speaking out against Zuma, they have failed to contribute when it mattered for the to raise their voices and hands.
"That said, the ANC, including those who spoke out against President Zuma, have been exposed as liars and hypocrites who play on public sentiment; a public sentiment which says 'Zuma must go!' The ANC has shown that it is only interested in itself, not the people of South Africa. The people have an official record of the ANC choosing a compromised President Zuma over the integrity of South Africa," Maimane said.
The DA has filed six motions of no confidence against Zuma since 2012, the last of which followed the release of former public protector Thuli Madonsela's report into allegations of state capture. Business Tech has a good roundup of them.
Zuma, along with Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Des van Rooyen and Minister of Minerals Mosebenzisi Zwane, approached the Pretoria High Court to interdict the report release. Zuma later withdrew his application and the court ruled that the document should be made public.
Zuma's legal team has since approached the court again requesting that he should not be made to pay for the costs, a move Maimane said they would be challenging going forward. He said Zuma's application was nothing more than a delaying tactic that was without legitimate legal basis.
"Charges have been laid, in terms of the Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act, against the President and his criminal syndicate. Having read the report there's a prima facie case which needs to be investigated by the South African Police Service, particularly the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation [The Hawks]. President Zuma must face the full might of the criminal justice system," said Maimane.