Leader of the Democratic Alliance, Mmusi Maimane, said the only body which could recall President Jacob Zuma was the Parliament of South Africa.
Maimane was reacting to Tuesday’s announcement, by the African National Congress (ANC), to have President Zuma recalled. During the press briefing at Luthuli House, the ANC failed to provide any clarity on how long President Zuma would be given to resign as South Africa’s Head of State or if a Motion of No Confidence would be tabled by the ANC in the National Assembly.
The Leader of the Opposition said it had become more apparent than ever, that the governing party could not be trusted with this transition.
“The Democratic Alliance (DA) notes the decision by the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) to recall Jacob Zuma. This recall is an internal ANC resolution, and nothing more,” Maimane told journalists on Tuesday.
“It has no effect on Jacob Zuma’s current status as President of the Republic, and can be simply ignored by Zuma. Unless he tenders his resignation, this recall is not worth the paper it is printed on,” added Maimane.
He said South Africa continued to pay the price for ANC incompetence, especially as it was unable to run its own internal affairs. The State of the National Address (SONA) has yet to be delivered and the Budget Speech is not that far away either.
The word being bandied about is uncertainty.
“The only way to remove Jacob Zuma as President of our country is for Parliament to do so through a Motion of No Confidence. It is Parliament that elects and removes a President, not the ANC,” added Maimane.