South Africans protest against Zuma

Owen Stevens
April 22, 2017

Goldstein told The Jerusalem Post ahead of Friday's march that his participation in the rally was part of an ongoing campaign to ensure that these calls for justice, fairness and morality stay at the top of public consciousness.

Thousands of South Africans marched Friday across major cities in the country demanding President Jacob Zuma's resignation for reportedly hurting the nation and its economy.

But the party's National Working Committee (NWC), discussing the cabinet reshuffle, later gave the president its backing.

President Zuma addressed the annual Chris Hani Wreath Laying Ceremony, which is aimed at honoring and celebrating the life and legacy of one of the country's most respected struggle stalwarts, Thembisile Chris Hani, in Elspark, Boksburg.

In Johannesburg, police fired stun grenades at demonstrators near the home of the Gupta family, a powerful South African business family.

"We should not allow inflammatory rhetoric from certain elements, including on social media, to damage our fragile social fabric and turn South Africans against each other", said the organization.

"Fire Zuma", read some placards.

Thousands of South Africans took to the streets in protest against Zuma following the controversial cabinet reshuffle.

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She added that, she is concerned that war might break out with people fighting against government and appealed to government and the African National Congress (ANC) to take charge and recall the President.

There is only one way to get rid of Zuma.

Zuma and the ruling party, which suffered big losses in municipal elections past year, have been weakened by other scandals around the president.

Listening to 702 on my way there, a few callers said that they opposed Zuma's actions and wanted him to be removed, but felt that the white Democratic Alliance supporters could rather protest without them. On Wednesday next week political parties, including COPE, will march to the Union Buildings to demand Zuma's removal from the Office of State President. Zuma and the Guptas deny the allegations.

Two agencies, Fitch and Standard & Poor's, responded to the political turmoil by lowering South Africa's credit rating to below investment grade, a step that could mean a weaker currency and price increases in a country with high unemployment.

In the face of South Africa's now-official "junk status" and overwhelming opposition to Jacob Zuma shown throughout the country today, I call upon the ANC caucus in Parliament to reconsider their illogical decision to vote for Zuma in the Motion of No Confidence in 11 days' time.

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