12 South African Personalities Calling For President Jacob Zuma To Step Down


South African president Jacob Zuma is not a popular man at the moment, and many in his country are calling for him to quit.

The politician is unpopular for many reasons. Zuma has faced calls to resign since the constitutional court ruled in March that he violated the constitution by refusing to repay taxpayer money spent on upgrading his private home in Nkandla.

With numerous corruption charges against him and a poor track record as president, the chorus of calls for his dismissal or resignation continues to grow.

Here are 12 South African personalities who are calling for president Jacob Zuma to step down.

Winnie Mandela has backed calls for Zuma to resign - Photo: Times Live

Winnie Mandela

Nelson Mandela’s former wife believes that the ruling African National Congress needed new leaders, and that Zuma should step down to limit the damage that is being done to the ANC.

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Trevor Manuel

Before Pravin Gordhan there was Nhlanhla Nene, and before him Trevor Manuel was South Africa’s Finance Minister. The highly respected former finance head recently added his voice to the growing chorus calling for Zuma’s departure from the presidency.

Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the Democratic Party, and new mayor of Pretoria INCWajana.com

Mmusi Maimane

The leader of the ANC’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, has long called for Zuma to resign as president. Maimane continues to add pressure to the 74-year-old South African president, in hopes that he will step down.

AngloGold Ashanti chairman Sipho Pityana

Sipho Pityana

The AngloGold Ashanti Ltd chairman recently represented much of the business community in South Africa by adding his voice to calls for Zuma’s resignation, as an important step in protecting the South African business environment.





Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 2014 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Photo: Adam Bettcher/Getty

Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu

Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu has long been a vocal critic of the ANC government under President Jacob Zuma’s rule, saying in the past that Zuma and his government “don’t represent me”. The 85-year-old cleric

The EFF"s Julius Malema has called for President Zuma to resign Telegraph.co.uk

Julius Malema

Another opposition party leader that is putting Zuma firmly in the firing line is the Economic Freedom Front’s Julius Malema. Malema has been a vocal critic of the president, and continues to pressurise the president in public and in parliament.

Former South African minister Barbara Hogan





Barbara Hogan

South Africa’s former minister of public enterprise Barbara Hogan (previously in Zuma’s cabinet) has been another of the politicians calling on Zuma to end his time as the country’s president.

Zwelinzima Vavi, formerly head of Cosatu

Zwelinzima Vavi

Former leader of labour union Cosatu, Zwelinzima Vavi, has been a constant thorn in Zuma’s side, calling for the president to step down in favour of another leader for the benefit of the country.

Apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada (iAfrica)





Ahmed Kathrada

Former political prisoner and anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada penned an open letter to President Jacob Zuma this year in which the former Robben Island prisoner, who was imprisoned with good friend Nelson Mandela, asked for his resignation according to the will of the people.

Advocate George Bizos with Nelson Mandela

Advocate George Bizos

Former president Nelson Mandela’s friend and lawyer at the Rivonia Trial has also given his opinion on the current head of state, saying that Jacob Zuma should resign as he could not have been “ignorant” of what was happening at his Nkandla home when renovations were taking place at the cost of taxpayers.





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Trevor Noah

In a far more subtle way through his comedy, Trevor Noah continues to lambaste the president and say that South Africans are crazy to put up with Zuma’s antics. In April he used his platform as host of the ‘Daily Show’ to poke fun at the president and point out his many failings.

Bantu Holomisa is the UDM leader

Bantu Holomisa

Holomisa is a member of parliament in South Africa and president of the United Democratic Movement, a smaller party in the South African political sphere. He spoke in parliament at the beginning of the year, asking the president to resign with dignity.


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