Tens of thousands march against Zuma in South Africa
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 08, 2017,
Apr 08, 2017, 12:17
Demonstrators take part in a protest calling for the removal of South Africa's President Jacob Zuma in Johannesburg, South Africa, on April 7. "It is time for him to go". The most controversial was the sacking of former finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas.
"The South African rand has dropped and we have lost lots and lots of money, Roots said". Davids, who is black, says he was once loyal to the party of Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president. "ANC has not organized any march". Black South Africans do not view the current state of the nation under Zuma's leadership or most importantly the ANC, as being in any shape or form comparable to the struggle during Apartheid.
But supporters of Mr Zuma also held demonstrations around the country.
"Today we stand up and say enough is enough, " Mmusi Maimane, leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance told a huge crowd in Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city. And it is for this reason alone that I believe that even if Zuma resigns tomorrow, and even if the opposition parties are able to accrue a few more votes in their favour in the 2019 elections, the ANC will still win the majority vote by a landslide. Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at some African National Congress protesters in Johannesburg, injuring a man and a woman, a Reuters witness said. The post read, "The laws of our country protect the right of those who would not like to participate in protest action".
"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.
Omar said SPOC compiled a dossier and distributed it to people, including officials at ANC headquarters Luthuli House.
ANC Youth League leader Collin Maine addressed supporters.
Fitch said President Jacob Zuma's decision to fire Gordhan last week, was likely to see a change in economic policy. In other Johannesburg neighborhoods, the protests took on a convivial air as residents brought pets, children and babies to small street-corner gatherings with dozens of attendees. "What the 55 million people want is a decent way of living, better jobs, better economic opportunities, services in their communities and a safe environmenet for their children", she added.
Zuma, 74, has faced similar protests in the past.South Africa's biggest trade union has called on President Zuma to quit after his cabinet reshuffle cost the country one of its investment-grade credit ratings and deepened splits within the ruling ANC. It said, political uncertainty was already an important factor behind weak growth a year ago.
Vavi said he was one of the people who "stupidly" supported Zuma when he dissolved the Scorpions.