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Over 6,000 attend #ZumaMustFall marches

Marches calling for the president to be recalled or resign took place in PTA, JHB and CT yesterday.

Demonstrators at the Zuma Must Fall march in Braamfontein. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.
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Local Politics

JOHANNESBURG – More than 6,000 people in several cities have made their voices heard, calling for President Jacob Zuma to step aside. 

Yesterday, thousands attended marches in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, raising their dissatisfaction with Zuma's appointments in the Finance Department in the last week.

The movement gained ground after Zuma axed Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, replacing him with little known Member of Parliament Des van Rooyen. 

Four days after appointing van Rooyen, however, the president redeployed him, reappointing Pravin Gordhan as finance minister.

Van Rooyen is now minister of the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department. 

Organisers of the Johannesburg march expressed satisfaction with the turnout of more than 2,000 people who marched across the Nelson Mandela Bridge. 

Those who were at the marches say their protests were a united stance against a leader they claim is damaging the country. 

In Pretoria, demonstrators said they were worried about how the president’s decisions would affect not only their lives, but those of the poor. 

They gathered at the Union Buildings to express their dissatisfaction with Zuma and have questioned his ability to lead the country. 

One woman described events last week as a joke. 

“They appoint someone and then tomorrow he’s gone. What happened? It’s so bad. It’s simply shows they don’t know what they’re doing.” 

A man at the march said Zuma was detached from the consequences of his actions. 

“Zuma, we want to tell you, you’re running this economy into the ground. You and your cronies are not feeling the pinch.”

A petition signed by hundreds of demonstrators will now be presented in Parliament to support a vote of no confidence in the president. 

While thousands were marching against the president, he was at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, calling on South Africans to unite.

WATCH: Thousands of Capetonians march under #ZumaMustFall banner

ANC CONDEMNS MARCHES

While members of the public have questioned Zuma's fitness to hold office, the African National Congress (ANC) says it doesn’t support the marches that took place.

The party has condemned the demonstrations and said they weny against the spirit of reconciliation, which is what should have been celebrated yesterday. 

VAVI CALLS FOR EARLY ELECTION 

Former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has called for an early election as thousands of South Africans speak out about their frustration with the leadership of the ANC under Zuma. 

Vavi joined demonstrators on the Nelson Mandela Bridge in the Johannesburg City Centre yesterday, calling for the president to resign.

Vavi used the march to encourage South Africans to simply stop voting for the ruling party.

He said the 2019 general election was too far away and the people of South Africa deserved better now.

WATCH: Vavi calls for early elections to oust Zuma

(Edited by Tamsin Wort) 

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