The ANC’s Mathews Phosa has described President Jacob Zuma as the “worst president the country has had since the dawn of democracy”.
In an interview with the City Press, Phosa said South Africa has been given a wake-up call “not to sink this low again”.
“I am judging him in terms of Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, and Kgalema Motlanthe,” said Phosa.
“Some of us have taken a stance that he must go. It is unequivocal that he must go,” he said, referring to the upcoming vote of no confidence in Zuma.
Phosa said the vote is a potentially dangerous one, with those who openly going against ANC wishes potential targets for removal from the party or attacks on their lives.
Zuma has faced immense pressure from civil society, corporate South Africa, and opposition parties to step down, due to his poor running of the country and multiple allegations of corruption against him.
His close ties to the Gupta family, which have been accused of “state capture” on numerous occasions, are also a concern to citizens and business.