Vavi: Zuma is a problem and should be removed

Zwelinzima Vavi says the president has single-handedly led the unravelling of the African National Congress and the country.

FILE: Former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi addresses members of the public outside national treasury in Pretoria on 3 March 2017 over their dissatisfaction with President Jacob Zuma's latest cabinet reshuffle. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says President Jacob Zuma is a problem for South Africa and should be removed.

Vavi says the president has single-handedly led the unravelling of the ANC and the country.

He's part of a group of panellists speaking at a seminar in Pretoria, convened by the South African Association of Public Administration and Management under the theme: "Is the post-apartheid state unravelling?".

Other panellists include former EFF treasurer Magdelene Moonsamy, the Black First Land First's Andile Mngxitama and Professor Mcebisi Ndletyana.

Vavi has called on South Africans to join Wednesday's mass action against Zuma.

"Jacob Zuma is the head of the programme to drive South Africa towards a kleptocratic state where predatory elites are going to rule without having to account to anybody, where the Constitution is going to be shredded every day and thrown out and made irrelevant."

Vavi says the country’s recent credit downgrade to junk status should be a wake-up call that South Africans will get poorer under Zuma’s leadership.

He says the country’s recent credit downgrade to junk status is one of many reasons why he thinks Zuma should go.

“We are in a junk status thanks to the irresponsible and reckless actions of the president.”

He says Zuma’s leadership and relationship with the Gupta family is responsible for what he calls “chaos in the South African economy”.