Opposition parties vow to keep the pressure on President Zuma

Cheryl Sanders
April 17, 2017

But in the capital, Pretoria, organisers say at least 10,000 people are expected to join the second anti-Zuma march‚ this time organised by seven opposition parties.

One of the reasons the collective parties said that they want President Zuma out is because his Cabinet reshuffle of four finance ministers in three years has plunged the country into "junk status".

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki has called on ANC MPs to vote in the interest of the people instead of serving their party interests as the country's parliament prepares to debate on a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday next week. "We don't care whether you are white, whether you are Indian, whether you are black, we are here to defend the future of our children".

The president is accused of being in the pocket of the wealthy Gupta business family, allegedly granting them influence over government appointments, contracts and state-owned businesses. The parties dubbed Wednesday's march "a national day of action".

She said the huge number of signatories was a remarkable showing of rejection for Zuma, and an endorsement of the DA and other opposition parties' campaign to see the president being fired by parliament. The first event is a "national day of action" on Wednesday.

A parliamentary motion of no confidence in the president is due on April 18 following the controversial sacking of respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan last month.

While addressing crowds at the commemoration of the assassination of Chris Hani on Monday, Zuma said posters at last week's marches displayed beliefs he thought had died in 1994. If Gigaba is able to achieve greater equality in South Africa while stabilizing the economy, that would be the best birthday present Zuma could wish for.

An emboldened President Jacob Zuma has told African National Congress (ANC) supporters that he's not bothered by people calling him names.

"We only need 65 to 70 people from the ANC, and the secret ballot can deliver the votes to remove Zuma", Bantu Holomisa, head of the smaller United Democratic Movement (UDM), which is also backing the no-confidence vote against Zuma, said.

"The DA's #NoConfidence petition has today exceeded 500 000 signatures, making our petition, if not already the biggest online political petition in South Africa ever, then certain to be the biggest", DA spokesperson Phumzile van Damme said.

The largely peaceful protests in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town appeared to attract a diverse mix of South Africans, but Zuma railed against those who participated.

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