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‘Tarnishing of the ANC goes beyond Zuma’

Zak Yacoob has told members of the civil society movement that their work is greater than Zuma's removal.

Former Justice of the Constitutional Court, Zak Yacoob. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former Constitutional Court Judge Zak Yacoob says while he is unhappy with President Jacob Zuma's conduct, it's wrong to blame him alone for the degeneration of the country's leadership.

Yacoob has joined former politicians, civil society organisations and religious leaders who are calling for Zuma to step down.

He says those involved in the movement must be mindful of the fact that their job will be much bigger than the mere removal of the president.

Former Justice Yacoob says the tarnishing of the African National Congress goes beyond President Zuma.

"It is not Jacob Zuma alone, it is our movement which has become tarnished to a degree, which needs a lot of cleaning up."

He says many of the country's leaders who should have taken action against the president have "blindfolded their brains".

"Even Michael Masutha, who is the minister of justice, has blindfolded his brain like everybody else."

While the civil society movement hasn't yet decided if it will take criminal action against the president, it will be holding a series of dialogues later this month.

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