Several organisations have announced their plans to march to the Union Buildings on Friday with the central message calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down.
Save SA’s Themba Masango says demonstrators are expected to gather at Church Square from 10am on Friday and then march to the Union Buildings at midday.
“As long as you’re South African and you’re not happy with the status quo; come out and make sure that you’re heard. Let’s march to the Union Buildings. Let’s get Zuma out. We’re tired, we can’t keep going on like this. Let’s get our democracy back.”
Section 27's Mark Heywood says the march is not politically affiliated.
“This is a people’s march to show people’s anger and determination to reinforce the demand that Zuma is not fit to be the president of this country.”
Announcements rallying the country to march against president Jacob Zuma have been rife since his controversial cabinet reshuffle. The change of ministers, including removal of former finance minister Pravin Gordhan, prompted a downgrading of the country’s credit rating to “junk status”.
Although most of the rallying calls have been made by opposition parties to the ANC as well members of the tripartite alliance, most South Africans have circulated plans for apolitical protests to occur throughout the country’s major hubs.
The government has `strongly discouraged South Africans from taking part in the protests, stating that it would further hurt the already waning economy.
Similarly, the new minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula, has issued a zero-tolerance warning for citizens who will seek to render protest actions violent.