Sandu urges mass action to have Zuma removed
Sandu has joined opposition parties, Ahmed Kathrada and South Africans in calling for Zuma to step down.
JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Defense Union (Sandu) says it's absolutely despicable that President Jacob Zuma as the commander of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has transgressed the very Constitution the SANDF is charged with upholding.
On Thursday, the Constitutional Court ruled that Zuma failed to uphold and defend the Constitution in the Nkandla matter, p rompting Zuma to apologise to the nation.
Sandu has joined opposition parties, struggle stalwarts Ahmed Kathrada and ordinary South Africans in calling for Zuma to step down, adding that his apology is not enough.
Kathrada has released what he calls an "agonising" letter to Zuma, calling on Zuma to submit to the will of the people and resign.
He said he has been left with no choice but to speak out against Zuma, saying only his resignation will help the country out of the current crisis, not an apology.
Sandu has also called on civil society to use mass action campaigns and lawful means, to remove Zuma.
Spokesperson Pikkie Greef says the call for Zuma to resign is not political.
"Sandu finds it absolutely despicable that the Commander in Chief of the armed forces, which is President Jacob Zuma, has been judged by the highest court to have contravened the Constitution and the fact that he now remains in his post and also as Commander in Chief is completely unacceptable."
Sandu released a statement on its Facebook page on Friday, saying "Sandu encourages all members of society, including soldiers to participate in their private capacity and time in any lawful mass action campaigns which might be called to the end of lawfully recalling and or removing President Zuma from office," the statement said.
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At the same time, SANDF has lashed out at military union Sandu, after it slated Presidents Zuma over the Nkandla matter.
The SANDF's Siphiwe Dlamini says the union has gone too far.
"I'm not surprised that such people as these organisations who are so opportunistic and behave in a parasitic manner to issue such statements about what is happening in the country."
The scandal is arguably the biggest yet to hit Zuma, who has fended off accusations of corruption, influence peddling and even rape since before he took office in 2009. It comes ahead of local elections that could see the ANC lose support.
The opposition has launched impeachment proceedings against Zuma but these are unlikely to be successful because of the ANC's strong majority in Parliament.
However, some South Africans believe the scandal could still bring Zuma down by persuading some in the ANC, which has run South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994, to abandon him.
Meanwhile, presiding officers have announced a briefing in the National Assembly at noon, to address the Constitutional Court ruling.
Why is SANDU in alliance with the EFF,why are they considered mostly Afrikaners...such reckless statements nje— Indira mayisela (@artindira) April 3, 2016
I understand where SANDU is coming from. Taking orders from such a man could be risky. Man's is still my President, but he gotta leave yo— John Dillinger (@ZainahJag01) April 3, 2016
As a member myself i say SANDU is right,the SANDF cant be led by an unstable,lying CiC. He'll get us all killed in battle. #ZumaMustFall 🏃— Ngwato Makgata (@Ishmael10111) April 3, 2016
If SANDU can call upon SANDF members to mobilize against Zuma. What stops pro - zuma SANDF soldiers from also mobilising? Dangerous game— Ryan Cummings (@Pol_Sec_Analyst) April 3, 2016
This is Pikkie Greef, leader of SANDU, the soldiers union that recommends we hit the streets x their members join https://t.co/c7mPfvOC3G— Shaka Falls (@ShakaSisulu) April 3, 2016
ANC UNITED BEHIND ZUMA
Amid this, the ANC said it is willing to apologise to the nation following a Constitutional Court judgment that found Zuma to have acted in an inconsistent manner to the highest law of the land, but does not believe it is obliged to do so.
The party has responded following the judgment on Thursday which found that Zuma and Parliament failed to uphold, respect and defend the Constitution through his handling of the Nkandla scandal.
The ANC has also come out in support of Zuma, saying it appreciates his apology and believes neither he nor Parliament intended to break their oaths.
The party's Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said the top six were unanimous in their response to the Constitutional Court's judgment.
Mantashe said the ruling party is willing to apologise if there is a need to do so.
"The ANC is willing to offer an apology, if we're called upon to do that, we'll do it."