– We should enjoy same immunity to law as Zuma.
– We are tired of this man. He has lied to us. He has betrayed the country and we cannot be ruled by a criminal.
– Maimane said Zuma must fall.
South African President Jacob Zuma has been faced with several national challenges in recent times. Notable among the challenges are the treason and corruption crimes he has been charged with where the congress of the people are demanding his immediate impeachment.
Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane confronted a tough question during a campaign in Soweto on Wednesday morning, a day after the impeachment move in the Parliament against President Jacob Zuma failed.
A citizen inquired of the Democratic Alliance leader while he was walking through the Baragwanath taxi rank, “If the president can get away with crime, why can’t we, as the poor?”
Maimane chose to respond with a thoughtful answer, “I understand your feelings. We must all register to vote. That is the only way we can make change.”
The people registered their annoyance to Maimane about what they tagged Zuma’s sloppy apology after the Constitutional Court pronounced that he failed to uphold the dictate of the Constitution when he did not follow through on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s remedial actions.
Phakamile Mthethwa told Maimane, “We are tired of this man. He has lied to us. He has betrayed the country and we cannot be ruled by a criminal.”
Mthethwa declared that citizens are not encouraged by their leaders to be good and law abiding citizens because the leader they have in President Zuma is a criminal. “If the man who is supposed to be an upstanding member of society robs us, why can’t I steal? We have nothing. We have schools that still have desks from the apartheid system. We want change,” he stated.
Vuyelwa Memane, who has a stand at the taxi rank, told Maimane they had been tortured by Zuma and his things for years.“He is rubbish. He is not my president. Enough is enough,” she told Maimane.
The DA leader also felt the society at large need a change as he stated simply in a reply. “Zuma must fall,” he said in agreement.