Government unstable and weak – analyst

President Jacob Zuma. Photo by Gallo Images / Beeld / Lerato Maduna

President Jacob Zuma. Photo by Gallo Images / Beeld / Lerato Maduna

“The state can no longer provide basic services.”

Operating as the People’s Assembly, one of the main events today (Freedom Day) leading the #ZumaMustGo campaign will commence in the form of a gathering outside the Gauteng Provincial Legislature at the corner of Rissik Street and Albertina Sisulu Road in the Johannesburg CBD.

In what was dubbed a “national day of dialogue” by the organisers, former politicians, religious leaders and ordinary citizens gathered at venues across the country last weekend to map out a plan of action to drive the campaign.

Though the organisers are still struggling to gather funds to finance the planned activities, spokesperson for the People’s Assembly, Ferial Adam, said that the campaign would run beyond this year’s local government elections in August.

“This an inclusive event open to all people and will be a space for South Africans to come together and make their voices heard through protest, theatre, music, and poetry. At 1pm, the assembly is calling for people in Johannesburg and elsewhere in the country to make as much noise as they can.

“If you can’t make it to the city centre, then we urge you to make your voices heard whereever you are – bang pots in your streets with your neighbours, hoot, blow whistles or vuvzelas.”

After the damning Constitutional Court judgment declaring that Zuma failed to uphold the constitution when he ignored Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla report on the upgrades to the president’s private home, leaders of the People’s Assembly want Zuma to step down.

Among the plans tabled by the organisation is a bid to set up a meeting with the president himself in order to implore the beleaguered statesman to resign. Meanwhile, political analyst Prof Andre Duvenhage from North West University’s Potchefstroom campus said the South African government was now at a stage where it was becoming weaker and more unstable.

“The state can no longer provide basic services,” he said.


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