Opposition Protesters Demand South African President's Ouster

  • Zuma has no respect for the law: Democratic Alliance leader
  • Top court found President Zuma violated constitution

South Africa’s main opposition Democratic Alliance party staged a protest outside the nation’s Constitutional Court Friday to demand that President Jacob Zuma resign or be fired, following the court’s ruling that he violated the constitution.

“Zuma must go,” DA leader Mmusi Maimane told several thousand supporters who gathered outside the court in Johannesburg, South Africa’s commercial center. “Jacob Zuma does not believe in the rule of law. ”

Calls for Zuma, 74, to step down have mounted since the top court ruled on March 31 that he “failed to uphold, defend and respect the constitution” when he refused to abide by a directive by the nation’s graft ombudsman to repay part of the 215.9 million rand ($14.8 million) of state funds spent on his private home. The leadership of the ruling African National Congress has accepted Zuma’s apology for the confusion the scandal caused and his explanation that he never willingly violated the law.

The DA aims to wrest control of Johannesburg, Pretoria and other cities away from the ANC in Aug. 3 municipal elections.

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