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South Africa : Petition for Zuma to step down grows

“We need change. Hopefully, a petition can showcase how many people want change.”

On Wednesday, President Jacob Zuma removed Nhlanhla Nene as Finance Minister and appointed David van Rooyen as his successor, drawing criticism from the public and opposition parties.

EFF said Zuma’s decision to remove Nene shows a “serious crisis” in leadership.

Helen Zille tweeted: “President Zuma doesn’t understand the depth of the crises he has unleashed by firing Nhlanhla Nene. New Minister was unable to run a municipality.”

Now on Twitter, #ZumaMustFall is trending and ranked number one in South Africa. Radio host and public speaker Brent Lindeque started a petition for Zuma to step down on Change.org.

With 15 000 signees needed to endorse it, currently there have been 12 000 people who have signed the petition in the past 4 hours after it was published.

The letter reads: “It’s simple … lead or step down.”

“And unfortunately Jacob Zuma cannot lead. His continuous actions and decisions are ruining South Africa. Our unemployment has never been higher. Crime and corruption have become a standard. Government is pillaging our taxes and our economy is at a tipping point.”

“We need change. Hopefully, a petition can showcase how many people want change and hopefully together we can create that change. The only reason politicians have power is because the people give it to them …”

Cape man thwarts explosion on Ethiopian Air Lines plane

Cape Town – A Cape Town man’s quick thinking and cool head turned him into a hero when he separated two burning lithium batteries on a plane and prevented a possible “mini explosion”. Samir Buffkins was on board a five-hour … read more

Homo naledi : The Ancient Human Ancestor whose Fossils have been retrieved in South Africa

Homo naledi, the ancient human ancestor whose fossils have been retrieved from a South African cave, may have been handy with tools and walked much like a person, according to scientists who examined its well-preserved foot and hand bones. Its … read more

Meet the world’s first 1,000 mph car, Faster than a speeding bullet?

What has a jet engine, a rocket booster and travels on a set of aluminum wheels? It’s the Bloodhound SuperSonic Car (SSC) and it has plans to hit the world land speed record at 1,000 mph. Made of titanium, carbon … read more

A South African Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison

A South African judge found Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius Found Not Guilty of Murder in Girlfriend’s Death  . Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.   Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered the ruling … read more

Italy’s Costa Concordia will set sail on its final voyage

Italy’s Costa Concordia will set sail on its final voyage Wednesday as survivors look on, two-and-a-half years after the luxury cruise ship crashed and sank in a nighttime disaster that left 32 people dead. The rusting liner, which has been … read more

South African Anti-Apartheid Author, Nobel Winner Gordimer Dies

JOHANNESBURG — South African Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, an unwavering moralist who became one of the most powerful voices against the injustice of apartheid, has died at the age of 90, her family said on Monday. Gordimer, who was … read more

Pistorius trial focuses on ‘screams’ during shooting

The murder trial of South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius turned its focus on Tuesday to whether neighbours could have heard his model girlfriend screaming on the night he shot her dead. Prosecutors are trying to prove that Reeva Steenkamp screamed … read more