Mpho Tutu joins calls for South African President Zuma to go

(Photo: Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation.)Rev. Mpho Tutu, the daughter of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

During the 1980s and early 1990s Desmond Tutu was a scourge against the apartheid regime fighting for justice under the racist system.

Now his daughter Rev. Mpho Tutu has joined marches that took place in South African cities encouraging citizens to take a stand against corruption injustice and oppression.

Mpho Tutu addressed thousands of protesters in the Cape Town's iconic Company Gardens on Dec. 16 as part of the #ZumaMustFall movement.

Tutu said that apartheid had "crumbled" after people prayed. "We pray now and put our shoulders to the wheel to end the corruption that is now our country."

Speaking for her father she said, "He's obviously distressed. I think he is incredibly saddened by the events of the past few weeks, and by the callous disregard for public work that is demonstrated by the current administration."

Protestors were seeking to encourage the ruling African National Congress to drop Jacob Zuma as its leader and the national president.

The South African Times online newspaper said that one the country's stranger commemorations occurred on national Reconciliation Day as thousands gathered in various cities to participate in #ZumaMustFall marches.

At the same time Zuma himself called for people not to exaggerate the country's problems for fear of being considered "funny".

"We exaggerate our problems and make people think that South Africans are funny people; whilst in reality people envy to be South Africans," he said during an address celebrating Reconciliation Day at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth.

Citizens came together under the banner of #ZumaMustFall, a movement that gained momentum after the president axed Nhlanhla Nene as the country's finance minister in a shock move that sent South African markets tumbling.

The younger Tutu was one of several speakers who addressed the anti-Zuma demonstrators, encouraged citizens to take a stand against injustice and oppression and corruption that is seeping into South Africa.

Residents of Cape Town brandished posters and banners, chanted #ZumaMustFall and "Pay back the money," - a refrain synonymous with the Economic Freedom Fighters opposition party.

Discontent over Zuma's leadership reached a tipping point after he fired Nene last week and replaced him with a little known ANC lawmaker Des Van Rooyen, who had no track in top level government and was described by opponents as a presidential puppet.

(Photo: © Peter Kenny / Ecumenical News)The former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, making a speech in Cape Town on October 8, 2008.
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