The chairman of AngloGold Ashanti called on President Jacob Zuma to step down on Wednesday, labelling the South African leader the “sponsor in chief” of corruption.
“Zuma must go,” Sipho Pityana said to a huge round of applause from delegates at a mining conference. “We must seize the moment and save South Africa.”
Pityana was speaking at the Joburg Indaba conference being held in Sandton and he launched his attack on Zuma after being warned from the podium by the speaker ahead of him – deputy minister of mineral resources Godfrey Oliphant – to tone down his comments.
Oliphant said: “You can’t take South Africans to the ballot box. The president has to run his term. If you carry on like that we will return in kind”.
n response Pityana stated flatly: “I have been asked to behave myself but, sorry deputy minister, Zuma must go for the sake of the country. The elephant in the room is a president who lacks integrity; the elephant in the room is a president who is without honour”.
Pityana ended his speech declaring: “We have to seize the moment and save South Africa. I have now committed treason”, and was given a standing ovation by the great majority of the audience.