Cape Town – The New York Times has added its voice to calls
for President Jacob Zuma to be removed from office.
The influential American newspaper published an editorial
stating it was time for Zuma to step down, following the Constitutional Court's
ruling that he and the National Assembly had violated the constitution.
"Cronyism, corruption and scandal have swirled around
Jacob Zuma since before he became president of South Africa in May 2009, and
the muck has only deepened since," it said.
The editorial referred to reported links with the Guptas and
Zuma's sacking of finance minister Nhlanhla Nene.
"It is a shame that the ANC, the party of Nelson
Mandela, is allowing its moral and political authority to be so grievously
eroded by Mr Zuma, instead of bringing his corrupt presidency to an end."
It said the ANC's national executive committee was stacked
with allies of the president and was evidently loath to take action against him
in a year of local government elections.
"Yet the need for action becomes more urgent with every
The editorial said the court's finding that the president
had failed up uphold, defend and respect the Constitution "has been the
story of Mr Zuma's leadership".
"The president of South Africa is elected by
Parliament, which is dominated by the ANC, so a withdrawal of support by the
ANC national executive committee would be tantamount to a demand that Mr. Zuma
resign. It's time."