Written By Sisathi Nomatye
The National Religious Leaders Council (NRLC) together with church leaders have called on President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma to step down from office. This after South Africa’s recent downgrade to junk status by ratings agency Standard & Poor’s Global following the President’s cabinet reshuffle.
The NRLC says it is evident that the nation has gone beyond a leadership crisis, adding that President Zuma has ‘lost all moral legitimacy to govern’ and therefore should do the honourable thing and step down
“For the past eighteen months the President has continuously taken South Africa into a downward spiral and the cumulative effect of these and current events is that President Jacob Zuma has lost all moral legitimacy to govern and therefore should do the honourable thing and step down,” the NRLC said in a statement.
The council is not the only entity calling for Zuma’s removal, Trade Union Federation Cosatu has also expressed its dissatisfaction with the president’s leadership, calling for his resignation.
“We think that after all his undeniable contribution to both the movement and government, the time has arrived for his to step and allow the country to be led by new collective at government level. We no longer believe in his leadership ability,” said Bheki Ntshalintshali, Cosatu General Secretary, during a press conference.
The NRLC also added that the actions of the President of recalling the former Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, and his Deputy from an International Roadshow which was aimed at wooing investors and engaging with Rating Agencies, has left South Africa embarrassed and humiliated on the International stage.