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Jonas: We must hold govt accountable regardless of Zuma motion results

Mcebisi Jonas addressed a crowd of Capetonians participating in a march calling for President Jacob Zuma to be removed.

 Former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas walks among the crowd. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Outside the Parliamentary precinct, former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas has called for civil society to continue to hold the government to account regardless of how Tuesday’s vote goes.

Jonas addressed a crowd of Capetonians participating in a march calling for President Jacob Zuma to be removed.

He told the crowd that South Africans can't allow their freedom to be sold.

There were loud cheers as Jonas encouraged citizens to persist in their fight against irregularities within the government.

“I think we have put too much emphasis on tomorrow; irrespective of what happens, the reality of the matter is that this process must continue. We must mobilise our people, we must get them to the streets and ensure that we build a new agenda for the country and fight against state capture. We continue with that programme, irrespective of what happens tomorrow.”

More than a thousand demonstrators have gathered in front of Parliament on the eve of the motion of no confidence in Zuma.

They are calling on MPs to vote with their consciences when they cast their ballots on Tuesday.

At the same time, religious leaders in Cape Town say South Africa needs a President who can protect it and move it forward.

Anglican Bishop Garth Quinton said, “Those who will have a choice to make tomorrow, I say your conscience must be your compass. It is more important to follow your conscience than to follow the dictates of your party or your colleagues.”

The convener of the South Africa First Forum Rod Solomons is urging MPs to consider the country’s citizens on Tuesday.

“To the MPs, we would like to say as you go and vote tomorrow, you need to put your country, your people and your Constitution first and not your political party.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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