Johannesburg – DA leader Mmusi Maimane told thousands of party members who had marched to the Constitutional Court on Friday morning that President Jacob Zuma must “voetsek”.
“Zuma must voetsek, he must just go now… Zuma is a tsotsi,” Maimane said.
“We the DA are here to say, Jacob Zuma, your days are numbered,” he said, pointing to an imaginary watch on his wrist.
As the sea of blue made its way to the highest court in the land from Pieter Roos Park earlier, some sang “Voetsek Zuma, Fokof Zuma”.
The march follows a recent Constitutional Court judgment that President Jacob Zuma failed to uphold the Constitution when he did not comply with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s remedial action regarding payments for the non-security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.
Maimane told the crowd outside the court that Madonsela knew that she was not just “fighting” Zuma, but the whole ANC as well.
“She knew she was fighting against big skeletons… the Guptas, Zuma, the ANC.”
He said people could not talk about freedom in the country without the Constitution.
“How do you say you are free when the Constitution is being trampled on by the ANC?” Maimane asked.
There have been numerous calls, including from ANC stalwarts, for Zuma to either step down or resign.
Maimane was joined in the march by DA Gauteng leader John Moodey, Johannesburg chairperson Khume Ramulifho, Tshwane mayoral candidate Solly Msimanga, MP Makashule Gana, mayor of Midvaal – the only DA-run municipality in Gauteng – Bongani Baloyi, and Western Cape leader and Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille.
Moodey told the crowd earlier: “We are no longer spectators, we are going to take this country in our hands and move forward. Jacob Zuma needs to step down.”
De Lille told the crowd that the party was marching to defend South Africa’s Constitution.
“In our Constitution we are all equal before the law, and Jacob Zuma is not above the law,” she said
“Many people died for and fought for this freedom and this Constitution. But Zuma and his ANC is showing disrespect for the Constitution. [By doing that] they are showing disrespect to all of us.”