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‘It is time for you to go Mr President’ – Phosa

By Tmg Digital | 2017-05-15 06:41:20.0

President Jacob Zuma, Deputy Kgalema Motlanthe and Matthews Phosa at the ANC press conference in Luthuli house. PIC: ELIZABETH SEJAKE. 03/04/2012. © THE TIMES

For President Jacob Zuma to utilise the “they hate me” argument is childish‚ disingenuous and in bad taste‚ says ANC stalwart Mathews Phosa.

Delivering the keynote address at the OR Tambo Memorial Lecture in East London on Sunday‚ Phosa did not pull any his criticism of Zuma‚ whom he accused of being a failed leader who has “raped” the country’s economy and its poor.

“It is time to go‚ Mr ‘President’. You have failed the voiceless and the most vulnerable‚” he asserted.

“They will‚ however‚ find their voices at the ballot box‚” he cautioned.

Phosa added that the country was at a juncture in its young liberation where it needed leaders who understood that South Africa belonged to all who lived in it “as well as that the poor — and not our friends’ already swollen pockets – should be the focus”.