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Anti-Zuma protest gains momentum outside Parliament

Protesters aim to form a human chain that stretches to St George's Cathedral where Ahmed Kathrada's Memorial Service is held.

Protesters closed the roads in front of Parliament following the cabinet reshuffle. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – A human chain in protest against President Jacob Zuma is slowly growing in front of Parliament.

The Cape Chamber of Commerce and industry says just over 60% of its members have backed calls for a nationwide shutdown on Friday.

What started out as just a few people holding "Zuma Must Fall" placards and South African flags in front of Parliament is steadily growing into a larger movement.

Dozens of protesters are gathering in front of Parliament, aiming to make the human chain stretch to St George's Cathedral where Ahmed Kathrada's Memorial Service is taking place on Thursday.

WATCH: Ahmed Kathrada memorial service underway

Civil group, South Africa first convener Rod Solomons said: “It is very difficult to break a chain, this is to give a sense of togetherness

Some of the messages on the posters held by protesters include messages like "Jacob Zuma & your chosen few, poor & vulnerable people suffer because of you."

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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