The Freedom Movement, comprising civil society activists, religious groups, and opposition parties in South Africa have asked Jacob Zuma, South African president, to quit his office.
The group, backed by archbishop Desmond Tutu, plan to hold a mass rally come April 27, which is an annual holiday to mark South Africa’s first post-apartheid election in 1994.
The call was triggered by the president’s move of sacking South Africa’s most respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan last month, government corruption scandals, unemployment and slow economic growth.
“Never before has there been a more urgent need to build unity of purpose to stop South Africa’s current trajectory,” said the movement at its launch in Soweto, a hotbed of the struggle against apartheid.
Tutu, in a tweet said he supported the movement, adding “it is important that we unite as South Africans to bring an end to state capture”.
“State capture” is a term that refers to the alleged corruption among Zuma and his associates.
By Bright Bassey