Bring your anti-Zuma protests, we aren't shaken - KZN ANC

Cheryl Sanders
April 20, 2017

The National Assembly is listed as a respondent in the case.

FF+ chairperson Pieter Groenewald said his party would vote to remove Zuma but would not support Wednesday's march.

Save SA describes itself as a campaign made up of organisations, civil society groups, business leaders, prominent individuals and South African citizens to keep government leaders accountable to the Constitution. Markets reacted quickly: South Africa's currency plummeted, and the ratings agency Standard & Poor's downgraded the government's bonds to junk status. He branded last week's protests, which attracted tens of thousands of marchers, as racist. A permit for the march has been granted by the TMPD. Yet less than a week later, the party had closed ranks around Zuma and warned ANC parliamentarians not to vote with the opposition in a forthcoming motion of no confidence in the president.

The crowds included ANC supporters from Mpumalanga, Free State, North West and Gauteng.

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) and the Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) have been Zuma's key defenders.

"Whether it is one person that has been intimidated or a thousand that have been intimidated, that does not bode well for a democracy", said IFP national chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa.

The reaction was emphatic: from open dissent manifest in senior ruling ANC figures publicly disagreeing with the President, to protest marches that took place across the country on Friday.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema told protesters that the parties had agreed to put their differences aside for the sake of South Africa's economic future. "So, it's only Zuma who is right according to that", he said.

She said: "The president has betrayed the people of South Africa, and has sold our country to the Guptas, to corrupt individuals, who seek to serve their own interests and not the interest of the people".

There have been growing calls for Zuma to resign after he reshuffled the cabinet on March 31, sacking or replacing 10 ministers and 10 deputy ministers.

"A small ANC breakaway party that gives up on the main party could form that fights the 2019 elections and maybe gets only 5% of the vote...and can act as a stabilising factor in coalition with the ANC after 2019". "It's an ongoing thing". They believe that if they succeed they will have a better chance of removing Zuma because ANC dissidents need not fear reprisals.

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