Cosatu calls for President Zuma to resign

The trade union federation says it no longer believes in the leadership abilities of the president.

FILE: Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has called for President Jacob Zuma to resign as it "no longer believes in his leadership abilities".

The federation says it doesn't believe that the president is the right person to unite and lead the movement.

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Cosatu's call comes after another ANC alliance partner the SACP made a similar call, saying they had lost confidence in the president.

The calls come after Zuma reshuffled his Cabinet, axing Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and angering some ANC leaders.

Cosatu’s Bheki Ntshalintshali says they believe Zuma is no longer the right person to unite and lead the ANC and that too much controversy has surrounded him.

“This, combined with the alleged undue influence that is apparently exerted by the Gupta family in the office of President Zuma and a series of controversy surrounding the president, like the Constitutional Court judgement and his apology on Nkandla, Cosatu no longer believes that the president is the right person to unite and lead the movement.”

Ntshalintshali says Cosatu will be communicating their decision to the ANC soon.

“We no longer believe in his leadership abilities and we shall be communicating the decision to our ally in the ANC.”