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A Civil Society Call to Action

6 APRIL 2016

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa is in a constitutional crisis. The Constitutional Court has spoken. The Public Protector has spoken. The Churches have spoken. The Robben Island prisoners have spoken. They all say or suggest that for the good of the poor and marginalized of South Africa, Jacob Zuma must resign or be recalled by the ANC as President of South Africa.

This is not the South Africa we dreamed of and fought for

 President Zuma has become a liability to our beloved country.  He has become a President of Impunity. The rot spreads from the top down. Without his removal as a first step we cannot start to reach and rebuild the country of our dreams.

Let us remind you. Under President Jacob Zuma:

  • 34 mineworkers were massacred at Marikana for the ‘crime’ of demanding a living wage;
  • The President’s private homestead at Nkandla was declared a national key point and had hundreds of millions of rand lavished on it;
  • Waterkloof airport base was made a national key-point for Gupta Airways;
  • A home in Saxonwold seems to have been made a key point for Ministerial appointments;
  • A competent Finance Minister was fired irrationally, causing our economy untold damage, worsened the conditions of workers and intensified the pain of the unemployed;
  • The Treasury, SARS and other key government departments have been destabilized;
  • The countries’ prime crime fighting agencies, the Hawks and the NPA, have been captured and are being used to fight factional battles;
  • Unemployment has reached catastrophic levels, with 8.3 million in the streets and a staggering 60% of youth out of jobs. More workers are being outsourced and casualised. 13 million of our people go to bed on empty stomachs, while the government tells us that 53% of the population live in poverty.
  • South Africa continues to deindustrialize, with hundreds of thousands of workers losing their jobs.
  • We are now the most unequal society in the world. Our education system is in a crisis, together with a public healthcare system that continues to offer second-class citizen services.
  • Corruption continues unabated with big corporates taking $29 billion out of the economy in illicit transfers.


We have become a country in permanent political crisis. It is most likely that we will witness the reinstatement of charges or corruption against President Zuma; then ‘junk status’; then rising inflation; rising petrol prices; rising food prices, rising hunger, rising despair. If we don’t come together as citizens to address this crisis, our country is going to explode. We demand that Jacob Zuma resign as President of South Africa without delay.

People of South Africa, let us mobilise and stand up for the country we want.

The country we want is a country where government is open and accountable to the people. The country we want is a county that does not tolerate any corruption; that puts quality basic education for our children at the top of national priorities; that will prioritise free quality tertiary education for those that qualify but cannot afford it; that sees unemployment as a painful and degrading national crisis, that is sympathetic with the hunger that gnaws in millions of bellies.


Another South Africa is definitely possible

 We are South Africans who represent good. We are South Africans who will make personal sacrifices for equality and social justice. We are South Africans who take our Constitution seriously.

We come from diverse backgrounds. We have put aside ideologies, religious differences, class differences to advance what we have in common. In short, we are a strong voice for justice and social well-being.

Today we are calling on all South Africans to make their voices heard. Today we announce a rolling plan of mobilization, conversation and action to put the people back at the centre of our politics and economy.

On Saturday, 16th April 2016, we call on people to hold organised discussions in villages, townships, churches, mosques, informal settlements, sports clubs and cultural associations about how we can secure the resignation of President Zuma. We call on you to discuss what is wrong with the country and, more importantly, what is needed to put it right.

On Saturday 16 April we will organise a national consultation at the Regina Mundi church in Soweto to hear the voices of ordinary people and people’s organisations. We call on you to drop any other plan you have and join that dialogue.

Freedom Day April 27 is around the corner. We call on everyone to make this a day of action. This year we must use Freedom Day to reclaim a freedom that has been stolen by Zuma and all who are like him.

This campaign for Jacob Zuma to do the right thing and step down will not stop until the head of the rot is removed. And when we succeed we shall remain vigilant. We do not seek one thief to be replaced with another thief.


Cyril Ramaphosa appeared at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry on 11 and 12 August and has now concluded giving evidence at the commission. Large crowds of mineworkers and protesters from the Marikana Support Campaign were present to hear this long awaited evidence.

Remember that it was Cyril Ramaphosa who wrote emails to cabinet ministers during the strike calling for ‘concomitant action’. Cyril Ramaphosa was the direct link between Lonmin, where he was a shareholder and non-executive director at the time of the strike, the cabinet, where he was a senior minister, and the police commissioner, over whom he held a superior position.

Footage from Miners Shot Down was used during his cross examination, mostly alluding to Ramaphosa’s role in the 1987 miners strike and his skills as a negotiator during troubled times. He failed to use these skills during the 2012 strike, choosing instead to call on the police and government to employ force against the strikers. At the time, the strikers were calling for talks with the company.

Read more about Ramaphosa’s testimony here on Mail&Guardian…



“Former Police minister Nathi Mthethwa appeared for his second and final day at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry on Tuesday. In the tense, frenetic-paced cross-examinations he was accused of exerting political influence on the operations of the police, lying to the Commission, and failing to provide leadership and accountability. Mthethwa, of course, denied the allegations. GREG NICOLSON reports.”

Another great article by The Daily Maverick, keeping us informed about new developments at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry. Read the full article here



“Former police minister Nathi Mthethwa was confident on his first day at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry. His testimony is crucial in understanding whether political influence played a role in the deaths of 44 people. Mthethwa, now arts and culture minister, has been steadfast in his defence, but can he keep it up?” By GREG NICOLSON.

An insightful article by Greg Nicolson, published in The Daily Maverick. Read the full article here



Have you read Amandla! Magazine, “South Africa’s new progressive magazine standing for social justice”. Their latest issue is now available for download here.

Amandla is a multiple left public communications initiative to provide a platform to encourage alternative thinking and catalyse alternative action by mass-based movements inspired by egalitarian ideals and fully democratic practices towards fundamental social transformation.

As a progressive media and communication initiative, Amandla exists to create a platform and progressive space that facilitates critical analysis and open dialogue.



AMCU victory is more than just about the figures

A must read article by The Daily Maverick:

His analysis offers an indicator of winner/loser based on contrasting the final settlement with the initial demand and initial offer. But this is arbitrary. Workers’ demands are based on various considerations, including views about what is just and assessments about what constitutes a good mobilising and/or bargaining position.

Read the full article by Peter Alexander here.


Day of Action 16 August

The Marikana Support Campaign has grown considerably over the past 6 months, this has been assisted greatly through the 140+ plus screenings of Miners Shot Down that have taken place around the country.
We are requesting that the campaign holds a number of regional meetings over the next two weeks to discuss what activity they will be undertaking. At present there are number of ideas and tentative plans. What we do know is that they will be a commemoration of the killings/ celebration of the strike in Marikana on the 16th of August. The Gauteng Strike Support Committee have agreed to pull out all the stops on the day and are planning pickets of police stations and organising as many screenings of the documentary on that day as possible. They also aim to have a presence at the rally in Marikana.
The MSC steering committee are reaching out to all areas where we have a sufficient critical mass to organise activities on this day and assist in calling regional meetings. Many of the NGO’s and CSO’s will have the capacity  to organise screenings and fundraising functions. Many of the CBO and civic structures have tentative plans of picketing at their local police stations, while others have plans to organise rallies. We also expect trade union support from NUMSA and some NACTU affiliates.
Internationally pickets of SA Embassies and consulates are planned in Europe and North America.
We believe it will be worthwhile to have regional meetings in the following areas and will be getting in contact with leading activists in these areas to see how we can assist:
  • Gauteng
  • Western Cape
  • KZN
  • Eastern Cape
  • Mpumulanga
On behalf of the Marikana Support Campaign Steering Committee