Congress of the People is not surprised about the revelations by the National Chairperson of the ANC over the week-end in Limpopo. that there are some ANC Members of Parliament who were plotting to remove the President of the ANC before his term expires.

We have been trying for some time to get MPs to support our vote of no confidence in the President. Many ANC MPs, we know, feel as we do that the President is failing to provide ethical and dynamic leadership. If they were free to act on their conscience they would have voted with us.

Ms Mbete’s revelation vindicates what we have been saying about the crisis of leadership under President Zuma. Chaos and collapse describe how things in our country are going.

Many of us predicted this sorry state of affairs and that is why we broke away to form COPE. Others broke away to form the EFF. Now, COSATU is fracturing at the seams and the alliance is ailing.

For many MPs the President’s many transgressions and moral lapses are causing them severe embarrassment. How can they defend the landing of the Gupta plane at Waterkloof, or the over the top splurge on the Nkandla upgrade or the intention to spend R 2 billion on VIP jets?

What was clear to all of us is now becoming equally clear to many ANC MPs: President Zuma is a liability not only to the ANC but to the country as well.

Cope calls upon President Zuma to recognise that it would be in the best interest of his party and the country for him to resign. His continuation in office will inflict irreparable harm on society and the country.

Issued by Dennis Bloem on behalf of Cope, Dennis Bloem is COPE’s national spokes person.


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