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#ZumaMustFall marches gain momentum in Gauteng

Demonstrators in PTA have gathered at the Union Buildings and on the Nelson Mandela bridge in JHB.

A sizeable crowd has begun to gather in Braamfontein for the Zuma Must Fall march. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

PRETORIA - As the 'Zuma Must Fall' marches gain momentum in different cities, demonstrators have started gathering in Pretoria.

Nearly 2,000 demonstrators are prepared to take part in a march to the Union Buildings, demanding President Jacob Zuma's removal from office.

The demonstration is one of many being organised in several South African cities in reaction to the president's decisions related to the finance minister.

Last week, Zuma fired Nhlanhla Nene and replaced him with Des van Rooyen, but replaced him with Pravin Gordhan after several days of public uproar and a turbulent market reaction.

The fine drizzle that has blanketed the capital city this morning hasn't deterred hundreds of people from gathering to express their dissatisfaction with Zuma.

A small group of police are keeping an eye on the peaceful demonstrators.

A tent has been setup where many of the demonstrators are signing a petition calling for Zuma to 'fall'.

They have made their message clear.

One demonstrator said, "Compared to what they may say, South Africa does come first; not the African National Congress. Three [finance] ministers in the space of a week? That was just a tipping point."

"Well I think the country needs a new broom, we need someone to lead us, who is competent and accountable," said another.

A woman at the march echoed the march's slogan.

"We are here to get rid of Zuma. Zuma must fall."

Demonstrators are taking turns to address the crowd on the Union Building's lawns.

One by one, South Africans from all walks of life took turns delivering impassioned pleas to their compatriots gathered in front of the seat government.

The petition with hundreds of signatures will be delivered to parliament in support of a vote of no confidence in Zuma.

JOHANNESBURG

Rights group Section 27 says there's been 'a lot' of interest around the planned march taking place in Johannesburg this morning.

The NGO says the demonstration, which is being held in collaboration with Unite Against Corruption, is taking place at the Nelson Mandela Bridge.

Section 27 says the protest is aimed at forcing Zuma to either be recalled or to resign.

Spokesperson Mark Heywood says, "There is a lot of interest in the marc, there seems to be a lot of excitement. It's hard to predict the numbers, but we are working very hard in making preparations."

Heywood says people feel 'betrayed' by Zuma's changes of finance ministers.

"They feel that he has behaved recklessly with our economy and therefore with our lives. People would not be able to show that and so we are lucky that we have a Constitution which allows us freedom of expression."

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