Lekota urges South Africans to not cooperate with govt

Congress of the People leader, Mosioua Lekota, accused the African National Congress of overthrowing the Constitution.

Cope leader Mosioua Lekota. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Congress of the People leader Mosioua Lekota has urged South Africans to refuse to cooperate with a government which doesn’t respect the Constitution.

The Member of Parliament was speaking at the #OccupyTreasury gathering at Church Square in Pretoria on Monday morning.

About 200 people are protesting against President Jacob Zuma, following his Cabinet reshuffle last week, in which Pravin Gordhan was replaced by Malusi Gigaba as new Finance Minister.

Lekota accused the African National Congress (ANC) of overthrowing the Constitution.

"Essentially, we must refuse to cooperate with the government that is not respecting the Constitution. We must demand that in the office of president, there must be someone who is bound by the oath of office, who has taken an oath and who respects that oath, just as President Mandela did."

South Africans were encouraged to wear black no Monday in a show of disapproval over Zuma’s Cabinet reshuffle.

This initiative coincides with calls from opposition parties and civil rights organisations for citizens to speak out against Zuma’s drastic executive portfolio change.

It’s understood the movement was created by ordinary concerned South Africans.

Earlier, activist and union federation leader Zwelinzima Vavi called on South Africans to express their dissatisfaction with the recent Cabinet reshuffle and mobilise a complete shutdown of Treasury on Monday.

Vavi says he will be leading a demonstration to the Treasury, in the quest to unite citizens in stopping President Jacob Zuma from destroying the future of South Africans

Last week, Vavi lead another march to Treasury which he described as a success.

Vavi says South Africans should be ready to fight against destructive forces with no fear, in order to save the country.

“The other side is hell-bent on throwing the future of all South Africans into a dustbin and make themselves multi-billionaires in the process.”

He says he and many other South Africans were mistaken to think Zuma could free workers from neo-liberalism.

“South Africa now needs to mobilise itself to save our country from being turned into a capitalist kleptocracy by chronic capitalists crooks.”

A number of demonstrations against the reshuffle have been scheduled for Monday, including a movement called #BlackMonday, which has called on all South Africans to wear black in solidarity.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)