Reports: Trevor Manuel urges Jacob Zuma to step down

Trevor Manuel reportedly says the ConCourt judgment against the president represents a deep crisis.

Trevor Manuel. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has allegedly called on President Jacob Zuma to step down.

In an exclusive interview with Soweto TV, due to be aired this evening, Manuel is quoted saying the Constitutional Court judgment against the president represents a "deep crisis".

Manuel said that Zuma violated the Constitution.

"A violation of the key oath of office of the Head of State, which I think is a deep crisis. I think it's in all of our interests that the president actually steps aside."


Last week, the Constitutional Court found that Zuma failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the land.

He was then ordered to pay back the money.

National Treasury has been given 60 days to determine a reasonable amount for Zuma to pay back.

He will then have 45 days to pay the final amount.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng issued the final orders in his conclusion of the judgment.

Mogoeng said remedial action is binding and the president's compliance is not optional.

"No binding and constitutionally or statutory liaisons decision may be disregarded 'willy-nilly'."

He said Zuma was entitled to inquire into the correctness of those aspects of the report he disagreed with.

"All the president was required to do was to comply, even if he had reason to doubt its correctness."