Million-man petitions call for Zuma’s sack

President Jacob Zuma

South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance leader, Mmusi Maimane on Wednesday handed over to the office of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, petitions endorsed by a million South Africans.


The documents contain calls on Ramaphosa and other parliamentarians of the governing African National Congress to support a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.


“South Africans, from all walks of life, have stood up together and said, ‘Look, we have got to a point now where we must ask Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to do the right thing,” Maimane said.


“Cyril Ramaphosa is leader of government business. He is the most senior person in the government today. He is a Member of Parliament, which means he has the right to vote on this motion of no confidence. Now, the question is, what is he going to do?” Maimane stated.


Maimane tabled a no-confidence vote motion in March this year, following President Zuma’s latest cabinet reshuffle, in which he fired the Finance Minister and his deputy.


The Constitutional Court found in June that the Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete, has the power to make a decision on whether the vote should be by secret ballot or not but the Speaker has yet to make that decision.


A series of marches have been planned for next week ahead of the vote, which is scheduled to take place on August 8.