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Pretoria -President Jacob Zuma has not yet received a letter in which academic Barney Pityana is said to call for his resignation, the presidency said on Tuesday.
Pityana wrote in the Sunday Independent that he had asked Zuma to quit.
He wrote: “My... motivation for taking this step is the recognition that we have to pull back from the precipice Ä or to coin a phrase, from this 'moral cliff' Ä where any sense of public good or virtue, loyalty or restraint are absent, and the moral sensitivity of the nation is in paralysis”.
Presidency spokesman Harold Maloka said Pityana's criticism of Zuma had been noted.
“Government appreciates constructive criticism which should assist in the governance and improving of the lives of the people of this country,” Maloka said.
“However Pityana's article deliberately ignores the gains our country is making under this administration and leadership of President Zuma. He further fails to offer solutions to the challenges facing the country.”
Pityana said South Africans deserved better than what they were getting.
He criticised Zuma and the African National Congress, saying they lacked motivation, skills and ideas to transform the country.
Maloka said Zuma's guideline was the National Development Plan, which called for every South African to have water, electricity, sanitation, jobs, housing, public transport, nutrition, education, social protection, quality healthcare, recreation, and a clean environment. - Sapa