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Anti-Zuma marches planned across SA

Marches against the president have so far been planned in Pretoria, Cape Town & PE.

People call for the removal of President Jacob Zuma with the hashtag #ZumaMustFall. Picture: @Our_DA.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma is the target of numerous demonstrations set to take place across the country in coming days.

Marches have so far been planned in Pretoria, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth for tomorrow.

Several Facebook groups have been created to mobilise support for the demonstrations.

Protest marches are also planned for Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Unite Against Corruption spokesperson Johan de Meyer said Pravin Gordhan's appointment is a little too late.

"The issue at heart is that the President has broken his trust with the nation because he didn't put the nation first as he pledged when he became president in the first place."

The group said has organised two marches in the wake of Nhlanhla Nene's unceremonious axing as Finance Minister.

The group said president Zuma should have foreseen the decision could have dire consequences for the economy

ZUMA'S ERODING POPULARITY

Research company Ipsos said President Zuma is South Africa's least favourite person amongst the country's government leaders.

Amid mounting backlash from the public over the recent deployment of Nene, a recent study shows less than half of adult South Africans believe that President Zuma is doing his job very or fairly well.

Another interesting finding is that Zuma's favourability rating has declined over the last year among supporters of the three largest political parties, including the ANC.

Meanwhile in Johannesburg, rights group Section 27 says it's planned 'Zuma Must Fall' march on the Nelson Mandela Bridge will go ahead, despite their request being turned down by the city.

Officials say the march cannot take place on the bridge due to safety reasons.

Section 27's Mark Heywood says, "The protest will take place on the Nelson Mandela Bridge tomorrow morning from 10am to 12pm. It's a protest organised by churches, Section 27 and Corruption Watch. Its aim is to provide people with an opportunity to express their anger with the president."

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