The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation say former President Jacob Zuma should not be allowed to undermine the country’s democracy by defying a ruling of the Constitutional Court.
The group held a demonstration in Braamfontein on Monday morning, under the “Defend our Democracy” campaign calling for all citizens to be equal before the law.
Prominent leaders including former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela have also joined the campaign.
Outa spokesperson Ali Gule says this marks the beginning of demonstrations to take a stand against corruption.
“We have seen defiance from the former State President against the ruling of the Constitutional Court. This has the potential to destabilise our democracy. That is setting a very bad tone. This democracy has been fought for by many people, Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada. This is an insult. Today is only the start, we are likely to see more demonstrations.”
#DefendOurDemocracy is out this morning calling for the defense of our democracy. As the Con court is about it to make its decision regarding Former President Zuma, we call on all to respect the ruling made. Regardless of the outcome. pic.twitter.com/gZDFLF3XIw
— Defend Our Democracy (@ForDemocracySa) May 3, 2021
‘High and dry’
This emerged from a document from a virtual meeting the former President held with the party’s Top.
The meeting was initially meant to be held at the governing party’s headquarters, Luthuli House, in Johannesburg.
However, was moved online after the former head of state pulled a no-show.
In an extensive presentation to the party’s top brass, Zuma said the ANC leadership was not genuine in its meeting with him over his refusal to go to the State Capture Commission of Inquiry.
VIDEO: Zuma tells ANC Top Six that he feels hard done by the party:
VIDEO: In January, the Constitutional Court ruled that Zuma must appear before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.
In February, Zuma defied the Constitutional Court’s order and refused to appear at State Capture Inquiry: