Were anti-Zuma posters racist? Save SA demonstrators challenge Zuma 'racism' claims

Cheryl Sanders
April 15, 2017

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in the South African capital Pretoria on Wednesday for further protests urging President Jacob Zuma to step down.

Zuma also commented on the opposition march to Pretoria earlier in the day, calling it an empty protest because they could not provide concrete reasons why they claimed he was not ruling the country well.

South African President Jacob Zuma celebrated his 75th birthday on Wednesday with a pledge to win the fight against racism.

"The downgrade of the credit rating is going to put downward pressure on the rand and inflation", said Nedbank economist Johannes Khosa. Zuma turned 75 on Wednesday and is facing loud calls for him to step down.

"All political parties have come together to send one message", Malema said.

Two global ratings agencies have downgraded South Africa, a move that experts say will lead to high interest rates levied on home, auto and student loans, to high food prices and to a bigger fiscal debt. He was sacked by President over two weeks ago, together with his deputy, former Eastern Cape MEC for Economic Development, Mcebisi Jonas, in a controversial Cabinet Reshuffle that has since seen the country downgraded to junk status by two rating agencies. He and other opposition leaders, many with vastly different ideologies, are hoping the demonstration forces hesitant ANC members of parliament to support a no-confidence vote. In the days following his Cabinet reshuffle three of the ANC's top six claimed there was no consultation with the party over the decision, with ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe claiming that the list of new ministers and their deputies was compiled elsewhere. The smaller Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it seeks the rapid transfer of land and industry to South Africa's poor black majority.

"There are no UDM members in KZN, so Holomisa and them can bus in marchers if they like, because no ANC members from KZN will join them", said Zuma, adding that they still backed the president despite the recent anti-Zuma protests.

The reshuffle triggered several ratings agencies to downgrade South Africa's credit rating to junk status, making it harder for the country to borrow money on worldwide markets.

"(Zuma's supporters) will do everything to stay in power, even intimidating MPs.

"The debate on the no-confidence motion against Zuma will have to be postponed, we have written to the speaker of parliament to push it back", Holomisa said.

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