Anti-Zuma protests across South Africa

Thousands of people have joined rallies in South Africa demanding the resignation of President Zuma after his sacking of a popular minister stoked simmering anger over government corruption and a struggling economy. ANC members in military uniforms who oppose the protest were posted outside.

"South Africans will come together to protest our country being ruled by a clique that is determined to steal from the people and side-step accountability", Maimane said in a statement.

The mounted frustration against the President sparked with the last Cabinet reshuffle, in which he sacked Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

It changed its rating to 'BB+' from 'BBB-', with the outlook stable.

It's believed that up to 50,000 people have turned out to protest against President Jacob Zouma across South Africa.

"The downgrade. reflects Fitch's view that recent political events, including a major cabinet reshuffle, will weaken standards of governance and public finances", the agency said.

On Wednesday, the ANC acknowledged, but rejected calls for Zuma to step down.

In Johannesburg, police fired rubber bullets to disperse about 100 ruling party members who were making their way towards protesters, the African News Agency reported.

The move prompted ratings agency S&P to downgrade the country's investment grade to junk status.

Thousands of South Africans took the streets on Friday, to protest against their current leader Jacob Zuma.

A protestor makes her way to a demonstration against South African President Jacob Zuma, past a wall mural depicting the late Nelson Mandela in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, April 7, 2017.

Nobel laureate and anti-apartheid leader Desmond Tutu, 85 and frail in health, made a rare public appearance to support the protests outside Cape Town.

While Friday's marches remained largely peaceful, groups of protesters scuffled outside the Johannesburg family mansion of the wealthy Gupta family.

In a nearby square, college student Patricia Molutsi, who wore an image of Zuma's face on her shirt, says she took an overnight bus from the city of Bloemfontein to show her support.

"A lot of people think we just come here and abandon South Africa and ignore issues that happen there".

Parliament will vote on a motion of no confidence in the president on April 18, though Zuma has easily survived such votes against him before.

The Standard & Poor's agenc lowered South Africa's foreign currency credit rating afte the dismissal, citing political instability and threats t economic growth.

The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi say, "He must be removed because we're here because of his unreasonable stupid reshuffling of three finance ministers in less than three years".

  • Leroy Wright