Vote to keep Zuma in power a vote for corruption - OUTA

Aug 08 2017 19:10

Cape Town - The vote to keep President Jacob Zuma in power was a vote for corruption, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) said shortly after the official announcement.

OUTA said it is disappointed that MPs within the ANC "chose to put their party ahead of the nation".

“The vote to keep Zuma in power is a vote for corruption. It’s a vote to perpetuate the decay of our once proud and growing nation," said OUTA chair Wayne Duvenage.

“The Constitutional Court rulings and evidence from several reports on state capture show that Jacob Zuma is not fit for public office. OUTA’s legal team is evaluating the way forward.”

OUTA said it will continue to oppose state capture and "the massive corruption it enables". In recent weeks OUTA has filed charges against a number of ministers and officials in connection with state capture activity.

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“Now more than ever South Africans need to unite to fight corruption," said Duvenage.

OUTA chief operating officer Ben Theron said MPs are ignoring the fact that SA is burning.
“South Africa is at its lowest point and civil society will have to work harder to hold government accountable. We can’t give up or sit back and watch our nation’s prosperity being stolen. The poor and unemployed suffer the most in this plundering of resources,” said Theron.

OUTA called on the ANC to reconsider the situation and, as a party, recall Zuma as president within 30 days.

“By ignoring the evidence of state capture and corruption, the MPs associate themselves with it,” said Theron.

“The President is now living on borrowed time and is spending far too much time having to deal with his own crisis of legitimacy. Very little of Zuma's time is directed at dealing with this country’s problems and challenges,” added Duvenage.

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