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‘Zuma Must Go’ campaign must plan beyond pushing the president out

Civil society, citizens & politicians have taken part in dialogue around asking President Zuma to resign.

FILE. President Jacob Zuma leads delegates in song as he closes NGC. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - With plans for the implementation of a 'Zuma Must Go' campaign now underway, some members of society have called for the movement to plan beyond the mere removal of the president.

Yesterday, citizens were given the opportunity to be involved in drafting a national strategy expected to take effect on Freedom Day, 27 April.

The plan of mass action is aimed at intensifying calls for President Jacob Zuma to step down following a failed attempt to have him impeached in Parliament.

One man who participated in yesterday's Johannesburg dialogue says he wants to know what will happen if Zuma steps down.

Another member of the public says more consultations should be set up if calls to have the president removed are successful.

On the 27th of this month the movements leaders are expected to host what they say is the biggest rally of all time.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM

Members of civil society have called for South Africa's electoral system to be amended, to make leaders directly accountable to citizens.

Yesterday dialogues were held in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosiuoa Lekota says the country's leaders should be accountable to citizens, not to political parties.

Lekota was speaking at a civil society dialogue in Soweto where politicians, members of the public and religious leaders gathered to draft a national action plan for Zuma's removal from office.

The plan includes mass marches, sit-ins at political institutions and interruptions of Zuma's scheduled public addresses.

Those involved in the movement say they want to be able to directly appoint a president who will be accountable to the country's people.

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