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Pityana: Zuma nightmare must be stopped

The Save South Africa organisation in collaboration with the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation will hold a conference on Tuesday to strengthen the call for President Jacob Zuma to step down. 

Sipho Pityana

Save SA founder, Sipho Pityana,  says close to 100 civil society organisations will gather at the Rhema Bible Church. 


"Our programme of action is being developed in the context of a country where the people are sick and tired of the looting and theft by Zuma and his cronies and are demanding it be stopped immediately," says Pityana. 


He was speaking at a media briefing which outlined the purpose of the conference. 


Pityana says the state needs to be recaptured and leaders with integrity must be elected. 


"We expect the conversation at the conference to be progressive, foward looking and focused and we will emerge with civil society more united than any other time. We will emerge with a focus to stop state capture and the Zuma nightmare and begin to work on the South Africa Madiba fought for," he says. 


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Ahmed Kathrada Foundation director, Neeshan Bolton, says they have invited organisations that are opposed to state capture. He says those wanting to disrupt the conference will be asked to leave. 


"Rhema Church has a good security infrastructure and they will assist with any disruptions. The conference does allow for a substantial amount of time for commissions where there is extensive debate and discussion. We expect that there will be a free flow of ideas on the big issues," says Bolton. 


Bolton responded to reports that Zuma has allegedly been offered a R2 billion rand amnesty package. 


"I think that would be a huge disservice to any kind of legal process and traditional process and its the wrong precedent for this country. I doubt that this is serious and in any event I dont think our constitution, our parliamentary processes will allow for this. It’s a bad idea," he says. 

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