Cape Town took to the streets in what has been a nationwide protest against a high level of political and economic corruption under the current president Jacob Zuma. South Africans from all walks of life gathered to express a united frustration with the country’s administration.
Cape Townians rallied in various points and were slow to build-up momentum in the mother city.
“We’re waiting on back-up, but we’re sure we’ll get it come noon”, said bystander and Save SA supporter Lorenzo Adams.
Protesters lined the sidewalks of Wale and Adderley street waving signs and chanting to the backdrop of cars hooting in support.
Signs showed slogans like, “Zuma Must Fall”; “Zuma se Masse”; “#1 Tsotsi”.
At midday, apolitical organisations attempted to guide crowds towards the parliamentary precinct, yet a mass gathering spear-headed by the Democratic Alliance, ushered crowds into Darling street blocking the road completely in front of City Hall.
DA leaders provided soapbox speeches, streamed from the Gauteng marches, to edge the public on in their protest action.
“Our nation is crying. We cry because the South African government has been captured”, said Gauteng MEC of Finance, Dr Ivan Meyer. “We do not have a president in South Africa, but a crook in a suit”.
Crowds then carried on their march through the Cape Town CBD culminating in front of the houses of parliament where ‘Zuma Must Fall’ chanting and the national anthem grew louder and louder.
The nationwide shutdown follows weeks of political turmoil due to the president’s cabinet reshuffle which saw publicly favoured Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, replaced and South Africa’s global credit rating subsequently downgraded.
Some protests will continue until Saturday morning, while the country awaits a special sitting of parliament on the 18th of April.
The sitting will give space to the discussion of a no-confidence vote towards president Jacob Zuma.
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