This action lacks democratic rationale and is not done with the best interests of the country at heart. It is clear other interests have dictated the president’s actions and that South Africa as a nation will be poorer as a result. This will come as a major blow to our fragile economy as a ratings downgrade is surely imminent.
“It is time for Civil Society and the business community to take a stand to use every lawful means possible to bring the necessary pressure to reinstate Pravin Gordhan as Minister of Finance, and persuade President Zuma to step down.” says Wayne Duvenage, OUTA Chairperson. “We cannot let the personal interests of one man hold the people of South Africa to ransom.”
OUTA, with other civil society organisations, is exploring legal action and will persuade influential people in authority to support this objective. The 2019 elections are too far away. The time for effective civil intervention has arrived and civil society needs to take a stand for the benefit of all in our country.