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Maimane appeals to Ramaphosa

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DA leader calls on deputy president to vote Zuma out of office

DA leader Mmusi Maimane. File picture: Phill Magakoe/ANA Pictures

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has made a “sincere call” to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to get the ANC caucus to support the motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma.

Maimane made the call outside the gates of Ramaphosa’s office in Parliament when he, chief whip John Steenhuisen, spokesperson Phumzile van Damme and party supporters delivered boxes containing one million signatures and a petition calling for Zuma’s removal.

“I’m here to appeal to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to do the right thing. If you aspire to the highest office in the land, your interest must first and foremost be South Africa not Jacob Zuma, not even your own political party, but rather South Africa,” he said.

“We call on Ramaphosa to vote to fire President Jacob Zuma in a motion of confidence.” This was the same message he made in a video released on social media to the man vying for the top position in the ANC at the upcoming conference in December when Zuma steps down.

Also in the running for the leadership contest is former AU chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, ANC chairperson and Speaker Baleka Mbete, former ANC treasurer Mathews Phosa and Minister in Presidency Jeff Radebe.

The call to Ramaphosa was despite the ANC leadership saying its caucus would not vote with the opposition to unseat Zuma. However, Maimane noted that Ramaphosa has in recent weeks been vocal in stating that they would not remain silent while billions of rand of public money were diverted into the pockets of a few.

“This is a time for men and women in the ANC to find courage and I’m asking him, as leader of government business and the most senior person in that caucus, to begin to encourage his MPs to vote accordingly.

“We find ourselves under the leadership of the president who no longer has the interest of South Africa at heart.

“President Jacob Zuma has sold off our country to the Guptas, to other agents and in fact he has long forgotten why he was elected in the first place as the president of South Africa.”

Maimane said the petitioners were asking Ramaphosa to do the right thing.

“I believe it is time now to ask, do we place South Africa ahead, or do we place Jacob Zuma ahead?”