South Africa's Opposition In United Front Against President
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 0:14
Tens of thousands of South Africans have marked the 75th birthday of President Jacob Zuma by holding a mass protest against him in Pretoria while he partied in Johannesburg.
Zuma faces a no-confidence motion in parliament on April 18. You know, we're all from ANC (African National Congress political party) but you know what, we are sick and exhausted for this Zuma.
"(Zuma's supporters) will do everything to stay in power, even intimidating MPs.
South Africa has also been downgraded to junk status by two credit ratings agencies since Zuma announced the changes, with some economists fearing that the country is headed for another downgrade.
There is growing pressure on Zuma, who late last month fired his respected Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
Zuma has become a flashpoint of worry about government corruption and mismanagement in Africa's most industrialized economy, where growth is lethargic and unemployment chronically high.
The rally followed nationwide protests last Friday making the same call.
The president said some South Africans regarded "black people as being lesser human beings", but he gave no further details about the alleged placards and posters or where they had been seen.
Marchers will start converging at Church Square from 9am, with the march to the Union Buildings scheduled to start at noon and end at 4pm.
Zuma, who turned 75 on Wednesday, has survived previous protests.
"Wé are tried of Zuma". "So, I'm saying there is a lot happening behind the scenes in response to some of the demands we made a year ago", he said. This comes days after the opposition called countrywide marches to demand his resignation.
Ndima and Manganye said although there has been action through their engagements with the party, the group was not happy with the progress made in getting Zuma to resign as the country and party's president. Participants from a range of South Africa's opposition parties, including some with major ideological differences, chanted in unison: "Zuma must go". Messages of support came from his allies in the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association, the ANC Youth League and the ANC Women's League.
Newsweek takes a look at what might be on President Zuma's alternative birthday list.