SANDF won't get involved in 'petty party politics'

The defence force has slammed the SA National Defence Union, after it called for the president’s removal.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) says it won't ever get involved in petty party politics.

The SANDF has strongly condemned a call by the South African National Defence Union (Sandu) for President Jacob Zuma to be removed from office by lawful means. The union believes he is no longer fit to be the commander-in-chief of the defence force, in the wake of last week's Constitutional Court ruling.

SANDF Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga said, "It should be noted that it is against the rules for anybody to incite or to provoke members of the South African National Defence Force, either to lead them into a meeting or to lead them into a state of anarchy."

Last week, the Constitutional Court found ruled that Zuma failed to uphold and defend the Constitution in the Nkandla matter, prompting Zuma to apologise to the nation.

WATCH: President Zuma: I respect the ConCourt's Nkandla judgment

He was ordered to pay back a reasonable amount of money. National Treasury has been given 60 days to determine a reasonable amount for Zuma to pay back. Zuma will then have 45 days to pay the final amount.

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.

Sandu released a statement on its Facebook page on Friday: "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."


Posted by Sandu Live on Friday, 1 April 2016

Meanwhile, the African National Congress (ANC) has come out in support of Zuma, saying it appreciates his apology and believes neither he nor Parliament intended to break their oaths.

WATCH: ANC welcomes Zuma's apology