President Jacob Zuma celebrated his birthday yesterday in Kliptown, Soweto, as scores of people marched to the Union Buildings in a bid to force him to step down.
During his birthday celebrations, Zuma said he would reign with an open heart if the ANC wanted him to resign immediately.
“There is a few more months left before my task as president ends. In December, a new president will be elected. I don’t know who it will be, the ANC will elect.
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“In 2019, I will take off my hat of being the state president. I want to tell you that even if you said tomorrow I should step down from these positions, I would do so with a clean heart,” Zuma told thousands of ANC members who had gathered to celebrate his 75th birthday.
But, said Zuma: “I want to tell you my leaders that I will be a member of the ANC until I die.”
Zuma said when he steps down he will dedicate most of his time to working for the ANC.
“I won’t demand a salary because I will be a pensioner and I will work very hard.”
Opposition parties have called on President Zuma to step down following his recent cabinet reshuffle which has caused a downward spiral of the country’s economy with rating agencies downgrading the country to junk status.
DA, EFF, UDM, IFP, ACDP and AgangSA joined hands with Save South Africa civil organisation as they marched to the Union Buildings calling for President Zuma to step down.
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Meanwhile, a motion of no confidence against the president has been postponed.
Parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo has confirmed that the motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma has been postponed.
In a statement issued by Parliament confirming the postponement, “[t]he Programme Committee will now be requested to reflect on the implications of the postponement of the motion of no confidence on the programme of the House, especially in light of Rule 90 (rule of anticipation).