ANC members undeterred by anti-Zuma protests
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 08, 2017,
Apr 08, 2017, 16:03
More than 60,000 people marched through the South African city in what were largely peaceful rallies.
Following violence that have trailed protests against President Jacob Zuma in South Africa, some protesters in downtown Johannesburg have been fired rubber bullets by the police.
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Other South Africans said they chose to stay out of the fray.
Mabefw Malega, a 38-year-old undertaker who had travelled three hours from Limpopo province to march said "people just want Zuma gone".
Outside African National Congress headquarters in central Johannesburg, thousands of Zuma supporters gathered to stand by their man. Hundreds donned the camouflage uniform of the ANC's now-defunct military wing and stood at attention around the building, preparing, they said, to defend against an attack.
With another anti Zuma march planned for next week, ANC leaders say they will mobilise supporters to again show their support for the president.
"Our President is no longer serving the country as he should, he is corrupt and only thinks for himself and his family; he is going to destroy the country", said Siswana.
She added that the march is not to serve certain individuals, but every citizen - so in order to save the country, President Zuma must go.
Provincial secretary Thanduxolo Sabela led a march from the Durban CBD toward the beachfront, not far from where the Democratic Alliance (DA) had earlier been demonstrating. "Partly for him selling out the state to the Gupta's".
"The economy is not an instrument to settle petty factional and political scores within the ANC; and every time Mr Zuma ventures down this avenue it is South Africans that suffer".
Zuma's sacking of respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan in the reshuffle last Thursday has outraged allies and opponents alike, undermined his authority and caused rifts in the ruling African National Congress (ANC), which has governed South Africa since the end of white-minority rule in 1994.
Zuma, 74, will face a no-confidence motion in parliament on April 18 sponsored by opposition parties.
Mr. Zuma's government is also facing trouble on the global stage. But court prosecutors said South Africa's explanations were "shifting" and contradictory.
"We are very concerned that people who are exercising their constitutionally enshrined rights are being treated as enemies", Gail Smith, a senior official of the Human Rights Commission, said. Zuma's spokesperson in the Presidency was not immediately available to respond to Friday's calls that he resign. "We will not be silenced, we will not be intimidated and we will not allow corruption to rule over our lovely land", Maboniswa said through tears, to thunderous applause from the crowds.