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#ZumaMustFall: 60,000 sign online petition

The hashtag has gained momentum on social media with South Africans calling for Jacob Zuma to step down.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma.  Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Over 60,000 people have signed a formal online petition calling for the removal of President Jacob Zuma.

Yesterday, South Africans took to social media to denounce Zuma's unexpected move to redeploy Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene from his position as finance minister.

This afternoon they continued to criticise him for giving no reason for his decision as the rand weakened at a record low against the dollar.

In an official petition uploaded less than a day ago, Brent Lindeque addresses his note to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

In the letter, Lindique says "Unfortunately Jacob Zuma cannot lead. His continuous actions and decisions are ruining South Africa. Our unemployment has never been higher. Crime and corruption have become a standard. Government is pillaging our taxes and our economy is at a tipping point. We need change."

Screengrab of a petition calling for the removal of President Jacob Zuma.

Despite the concerns, political analysts say the real impact of Zuma's latest move to sack Nene will only be felt in months to come.