South Africans march against President Zuma
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 23:09
Although Mr. Zuma's government has been tainted by corruption scandals, he has granted himself more room for manoeuvre by moving Malusi Gigaba from the Home Affairs Ministry to Finance, despite the latter's limited financial experience. "Freedom for all South Africans", he said.
Syriana Maesela, a retiree who was on her way by train to Pretoria to join the march, said Zuma doesn't seem to care about the people.
Then we have state capture discussion which is the basis of the calls, even within the ANC national leadership, for Zuma to step down. Members of the influential ANC Youth League gathered in downtown Durban, singing "Awuleth'umshini wami", a song popularized by Zuma, which means "bring me my gun" and held placards supporting the president. The President's friends and his son's business partners, the Guptas, have been linked to questionable behaviour over the years. Others have expressed support for what they believe are the president's plans for "radical socio-economic" change, reports the BBC.
Fitch said the cabinet reshuffle, in which Mr Gordhan was sacked, will further discourage companies from investing in South Africa.
In Johannesburg, police fired rubber bullets to disperse about 100 ruling party members who were making their way toward protesters, according to the African News Agency.
Crowds later gathered outside a compound belonging to the wealthy Gupta family, which has ties to the president, in Johannesburg's affluent Saxonwold suburb.
Around thirty thousand from all walks of life were reported to have assembled outside the Union buildings in Pretoria, many holding banners and placards.
The legality of the protests is still under question as the police said Thursday that the march in the capital did not have the permission of the authorities. But this was later overturned by a magistrate.
Cope's Dennis Bloem says they will not get exhausted of marching until Zuma resigns.
The report was released but it stopped short of reaching conclusive findings against Zuma, recommending that a judicial probe be conducted to make a determination on the allegations. Protesters marched through the city with their faces painted, carrying messages of "downgrade Zuma, not South Africa" in reference to the country's amended credit rating.
"We are just trying to tell the people of South Africa that enough is enough and Zuma must go" said Thembalani Gumede. The angered protestors demanded the departure of Zuma after his recent cabinet reshuffle.
South Africa's Deputy-President Cyril Ramaphosa, among other senior ANC officials, called Zuma's decision "totally unacceptable", and the move appeared to have exposed deep divisions in the party, which has ruled the country virtually unchallenged since the end of white-minority rule-known as apartheid-in 1994.