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SA urged to use Freedom Day to fight for the Constitution

Religious leaders, politicians & civil groups want Zuma to resign following the ConCourt’s Nkandla ruling.

FILE. Civil society leaders are unified in their call for Zuma to step down, but they say Zuma alone can’t be blamed for all the country’s leadership problems. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africans have been urged to use Freedom Day to fight for the country's Constitution.

Following the Democratic Alliance's (DA) unsuccessful attempt to have President Jacob Zuma impeached this week, civil society groups, religious leaders and some African National Congress (ANC) veterans have banded together to call for him to step down.

Civil society leaders are unified in their call for Zuma to step down, but they say Zuma alone can't be blamed for all the country's leadership problems.

They've called on Members of Parliament (MPs) to 'break free' from what they call a cycle of silence, and do what is ethically right.

Later this month religious leaders, former politicians and civil society organisations will be leading a national dialogue to find a plan of action for the president's removal.

Among the organisations that have united are Corruption Watch and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC).

Standing under one banner, the groups say now that the impeachment of Zuma has failed, the country risks 'lurching from crisis to crisis'.

The organisation criticises the National Assembly for what it calls 'not understanding the Constitutional Court pronouncement on separation of powers'.

It says South Africans are feeling the pain and that anger and urgency is growing.

The groups say it's now up to ordinary South Africans to 'reclaim a hard-won democracy'.

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