South Africans must stand up against organised criminals who are so powerful they can capture our leaders to control the affairs of the state, political analyst Prince Mashele said last night.
“Our country is in trouble,” he said.
“If you thought the struggle was over, you were wrong.
“This is the beginning of a new struggle against organised criminals who have the power to capture our leaders. We must keep our eyes open.”
He was speaking during a Save South Africa campaign gathering in KwaNobuhle, Uitenhage.
Save South Africa is calling upon President Jacob Zuma to step down.
The campaign is made up of organisations, civil society groups, business leaders, prominent individuals, citizens and other supporters.
About 150 people listened to speaker after speaker denounce corruption and the failure by Zuma to uphold the constitution.
They called on him to do the honourable thing by resigning.
Mashele said he was not speaking as a political analyst but as a patriot – someone who loved his country.
In reference to the Gupta family who are alleged to have captured Zuma he said: “They tried very hard under Nelson Mandela but he was smart and they tried Thabo Mbeki but he was equal to the task.
“They then identified a man who has not been to school and by mistake he was made president and they succeeded.
“If you do not stand up, you will wake up and there will no longer be government in this country,” he said.
He told the crowd Zuma did not want to relinquish power because of the adverse findings made by former public protector Thuli Madonsela and he feared going to jail.
“What Zuma is trying to do now is to engineer a political process in the ANC to install his own successor,” he said.
“Someone who will ensure that National Prosecuting Authority head Shaun Abrahams continues to protect him and that he does not get charged,” he said.
Businessman Mkhuseli Jack said: “We must stand up against corruption. We want to bring back the founding vision of our liberation. Ever since Zuma took office, our economy has been at 0%.”