Three of the South African president’s cabinet ministers have called on scandal-plagued Jacob Zuma to resign.
Tourism minister, Derek Hanekom, health minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, and public works minister, Thulas Nxesi called on Zuma to step down at a meeting of the ruling African national congress, or anc, over the weekend that was extended into Monday.
Zuma’s time in office has been mired in numerous controversies and increasingly his fellow anc lawmakers and activists have called on him to step down.
He survived a no-confidence vote in parliament earlier this month during which the main opposition party, the democratic alliance, arguing that Zuma allowed the powerful Gupta family to choose cabinet members shows he is a threat to the country’s stability.
Zuma has also been fiercely criticized for using about $20 million in public funds for upgrades to his private rural home. he later apologized and agreed to repay a fraction of the money.