Mass marches call for S.African president's resignation

20 Avril, 2017, 20:10 | Author: Lucrece Courtet
  • #ZumaMustFall: SA hits the streets

Calls for Zuma's resignation have since grown and reached a fever pitch with protest marches all over South Africa on Friday.

One close Zuma ally, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, told a WhatsApp chat group: "It's actually better Western investors will pull back and we have an opportunity to bring them back in our own terms, after we have consolidated our relations with Africa and Brics".

South Africa's black president on Monday said many white demonstrators calling for his resignation are racist, prompting critics to describe the remarks as an affront to legitimate protest.

Zuma and the ruling party have been weakened by other scandals around the president.

Sipho Pityana leader of SaveSA said South Africa is not a junk country with a junk president and called on Zuma to resign.

South Africans are gathering for nationwide demonstrations against President Zuma, whose dismissal of the finance minister fueled concerns over government corruption and economic weakness.

The London protesters consist of South Africans who identified themselves with either African National Congress or Democratic Alliance, the two major political parties in South Africa, yet the two group are in agreement that President Zuma is too worn out to take the county forward. The Standard & Poor's agenc lowered South Africa's foreign currency credit rating afte the dismissal, citing political instability and threats t economic growth.

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Police had to fire rubber bullets several times at pockets of protesters to prevent them from moving toward a group of Democratic Alliance members who were marching against Zuma elsewhere in the city. Adding to the woes of the weakening South African economy, the rand fell immediately by more than 2%.

Police fired tear gas at protesters in Johannesburg, and large crowds assembled at Pretoria's Church Square.

Congress of the People wants to assure the ANC that their vigilante groups will not stop the march to freedom; they can kill few of us but not all of us.

"We call upon all South Africans, regardless of political affiliation or persuasion to join this mass action for change, where will stand together and speak with one voice that says "Zuma must go and South Africa must come first", Maimane said.

Union leader Zwelinzima Vavi said "we made a mistake by electing a crook (at the ANC's Limpopo conference) who was facing 783 charges".

The tensions in South African politics are unlikely to subside in the weeks ahead following speaker of parliament Baleka Mbete's announcement on Fridaythat MPs will debate a motion of no confidence in Mr Zuma's presidency on April 18th.

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