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Former minister Manuel urges Zuma to step down

The former minister has joined a growing chorus of struggle veterans publicly criticising the president.

FILE. Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel in Parliament. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has added his voice to calls for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

Manuel has joined a growing chorus of struggle veterans who have publicly criticised the president.

In an interview aired on Soweto TV, the former finance minister says the country is in a deep crisis.

Echoing the sentiments of African National Congress (ANC) stalwart Ahmed Kathrada, who penned a letter over the weekend calling on Zuma to resign, Manuel also believes it's time for the president to go.

"A violation of key oath of the office of the head of state which I think is in deep crisis. I think it's in all of our interests that the president steps aside."

Manuel says South Africa is lucky it has a good system of courts.

But he's added if democracy was going to be functional it was largely about how the two arms of government worked.

CONCOURT: ZUMA MUST PAY BACK THE MONEY

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."

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