The South African Communist Party (SACP) says Members of Parliament who belong to the African National Congress (ANC) caucus in Parliament must not wait for opposition parties to raise the issue of removing President Jacob Zuma but must do the right thing themselves now.
The party has already said Zuma must leave his office, due to the Cabinet reshuffle that removed Pravin Gordhan as Finance Minister.
The SACP is now strengthening its language against Zuma and effectively calling for ANC MPs to decide to vote against their own leader.
Deputy General-Secretary Solly Mapaila says: “We can’t be protecting corruption and be protecting irrational decision making by the president.
“The ANC must raise the motion itself and not wait for opposition parties. It’s part of the thing they must raise openly.”
On Monday, the SACP’s central committee discussed how it will execute a plan to effectively oust Zuma.
This would add even more pressure to the office of the president as the SACP lends its voice to the choir of disillusioned individuals and entities that have sternly critiqued the president in the last few days.
In the next weeks, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete will present a motion, spear-headed by opposition parties, to execute a vote of confidence in the president.
Similarly, the recent credit downgrade to “junk” status has prompted many South Africans to rally and protest against the office of the president.