More prominent voices are calling for the removal of Jacob Zuma as President following the firing of Finance Minister Nhlanhla ­Nene.

Barbara Hogan, a loyal ANC member since the Soweto Uprising, said in an interview on Radio 702 that ANC members should speak out against Nene’s axing.


Hogan, former minister of health and public enterprises, said: “I think the country would be far better off without this man as our president.

“There are still good people in the ANC, they need to start demanding that this president be held to account.”

In Twitter posts, Wits University vice-chancellor Professor Adam Habib called on the ANC to do the right thing and recall ­Zuma.

“Recall the president, for the sake of our nation. Our collective future depends on it,” he said.

He added that the firing of Nene was stupid and irresponsible.

“In the short term the problem can only be resolved by the ANC. They put Zuma in the presidency and only they can take him out.”

To ANC cadres Habib said: “This is a historical moment when you have to be counted. Your obligation to the nation has to transcend your short term political goals.”

Shaka Sisulu, a staunch ANC supporter and grandson of the late ANC leader, said the ANC’s statement spoke volumes and said nothing. “It didn’t welcome the change, but didn’t question it either.”

By the time of going to press the #ZumaMustFall campaign had gathered more than 134 000 supporters.

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