The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) notes and welcomes the resignation by the now former President of the Republic of South Africa, Jacob Zuma. In welcoming the resignation, we register our displeasure and disappointment in the manner in which Jacob Zuma dragged the process.
Jacob Zuma had in the last days of his presidency presents himself as a supreme leader who was above the constitution of the country and that of the party which had deployed him to the position which he held at the pleasure of the ANC.
We have no sympathy for Jacob Zuma, particularly following the shocking interview which he had with the SABC today wherein he Presented himself as an individual who was above the organization and the constitution of the Republic of South Africa,
In welcoming the resignation which is a great Valentines gift to South Africans , we are of the view that judicial processes should however be continued. We believe that the incoming President of the Republic should ensure that processes which are in place particularly those of State Capture are acted on with lighting speed.
It is for this reason that we welcome the Hawks raid at the Gupta compound in Saxonwold, Johannesburg. We joyously celebrate the reported arrests which have already been effected. We are further convinced that more arrests should follow particularly for those who have been looting State resources.
This is in deed a new era and dawn for South Africa and its citizens. We therefore urge the incoming administration to ensure that investigations and action on State Capture continue without any political interference. No criminal should be let off the hook.
In line with our NEC resolutions, we believe that there should be no conditions attached to this resignation. In this regard, urge the now Acting President of South Africa, Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa and his collective to work hard in unifying the organization and the county beyond political and racial lines.
We also commend the National Executive Committee of the ANC for finally having the backbone and acting in the interest of the country and recalling Jacob Zuma, although the decision was taken a little too late.
SAMWU further urges South Africans to go out in their numbers to register and confirm their voter registration details with the IEC for the upcoming General Elections on the 10th and 11th March 2018 at their nearest voting station.
Issued by SAMWU Head Office
Simon Mathe, General Secretary (079 887 8389), Pule Molalenyane, President ( 073 499 7419), Papikie Mohale, National Media Officer ( 073 710 0356)
Mr. P Mohale
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