President Jacob Zuma, please resign

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Dear President Jacob Zuma.

It is time for you to step down.  It's the honourable and right thing to do, and we make a rational call on you to reconsider your position as the President of South Africa.

This is not an emotional plea, but one based on facts.

South Africa has been downgraded to "junk status", by credit rating's agency Standard & Poor's, following your recent cabinet reshuffle in which you removed the minister of finance Pravin Gordhan.  Moody’s Investors Service also placed our rating under review for a downgrade.

The people that will be hit the hardest, are the same people you are trying to lift out of poverty. The slight chance of significant economic growth, a decrease in our unemployment rate and improved investor confidence diminished due to the latest reshuffle. 

We acknowledge the fact that you have the prerogative to appoint ministers to the National Executive, but the timing of your latest reshuffle compromises the efforts by business and civil society to work together with government to overcome our difficulties.

We dispell any argument that the downgrade is due to the global economic situation. This time, the consequence is to blame on your decision to remove minister Pravin Gordhan.

Lastly, we appreciate the apology for the Nkandla saga, but we still want you to account for failing to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution. While you never knowingly or deliberately set out to violate the Constitution, you still did, and it is time for you to account.

It is time for you to step down.

Kind regards

Concerned South Africans



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