Several organisations used Monday’s third anniversary of former president Nelson Mandela’s death to rally against President Jacob Zuma’s leadership.
“We believe he is the most corrupt president in our country’s democratic era,” the Save South Africa campaign said.
“He has failed to uphold his oath of office, continues to facilitate state capture, and disrespects our constitution.”
In honouring the father of the nation, Zuma said Mandela had taught us to “unite and to love and respect one another as South Africans”.
“A lot of good work has been done towards building a truly united, nonracial, nonsexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa,” Zuma said.
“The road ahead remains long and challenging, given the unending economic slowdown globally and locally, and the need to continue building a better life for and with our people.
“Let us recommit ourselves to unity, and to working together to build our country, regardless of whatever political differences we may have.”
But Save South Africa said the country was united in the belief that Zuma was unfit to lead a “democracy Madiba and others have fought so hard to build”.
“We believe the best way to pay tribute to Madiba and renew hope for our democracy is to say no to Zuma by signing our people’s motion of no confidence in him,” the organisation charged.
The South African National Civic Organisation said history would judge harshly those who had trampled upon Mandela’s legacy.
“Now more than ever, it is necessary for the ANC to reclaim its moral high ground in order to win back its electoral support,” spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu said.
Opposition party Cope said it could “imagine how bitter and painful it is for Tata’s spirit to witness the turmoil and anarchy in his beloved country”.
Mandela passed away at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, in 2013. He was 95.