Trevor Manuel stands by call for Zuma to step down

The former minister has joined calls by other struggle stalwarts & ANC veterans for Zuma to resign.

Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel. Picture: Stephen Phillipson/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel says he stands by his call for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

Speaking to Eyewitness News at a Cape Peninsula University Technology (CPUT) graduation ceremony last night, Manuel expressed concern over the president's failure to uphold the Constitution over the Nkandla matter.

He has has joined other struggle stalwarts and African National Congress (ANC) veterans who want Zuma out of office.

Last month, the Constitutional Court found the president did not uphold, defend and respect the Constitution, because he failed to comply with the findings of the Public Protector's report on Nkandla.

Speaking about the president's handling of the Nkandla debacle, Manuel said Zuma abdicated his responsibility and violated his oath of office.

Manuel added that as a result, the country now faces a deep crisis.

"I stand by what I said. If we are seen to play fast and loose with our Constitution, we can't expect successive generations to have anything to hold on to."

Meanwhile, the ANC says it wants to handle this matter internally and would like to meet with officials who want Zuma to resign.