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'Zuma Must Fall' movement to march in CT today

The march is one of several marches which will be seen around the country, to coincide with Freedom Day.

Christelle Scheepers, organiser of the #ZumaMustFall campaign, marches ahead of Sona 2016 in Cape Town. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Protesters will take to the streets of the Cape Town CBD later today to call for President Jacob Zuma's resignation.

The 'Zuma Must Fall' march is one of several demonstrations which will be seen around the country, to coincide with Freedom Day.

Cape Town march organiser Christelle Scheepers says, "He's definitely [not] planning on going anywhere any time soon and we're planning on continue to voice out the dissatisfaction with the president and the manner in which our country is currently governed."

Protesters are expected to gather in Keisergracht Street from 11am and plan to make their way to Parliament.

FIRST FORUM TO MARCH

At the same time, the SA First Forum says it will hold a series of pickets to highlight concerns about corruption, state capture and Zuma's leadership.

Former African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament Vytjie Mentor, who blew the whistle on the Gupta family's apparent influence over government, is a member of the group.

Anti-Zuma sentiment gained momentum after Zuma sacked Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in December, and reached a new high when the country's highest court found Zuma breached the Constitution in his handling of the Nkandla saga.

The court also found Parliament failed in its constitutional obligation to hold the executive accountable for the overspending at Nkandla.

Two years ago Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released a report stating the president benefitted unduly from the non-security features which formed part of the R246 million project to upgrade his private home in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Madonsela directed him to repay a reasonable portion of the money spent on the project, but he didn't comply.

The SA First Forum's Solly Moeng said they want the ANC to remove Zuma from office.

"We're not pushing any political party. We're disgruntled South Africans as we feel that South Africa, the Constitution, the people and the country must come first."

The forum is also calling for the dissolution of Parliament in order to hold fresh elections.

Moeng said South Africa needs a new electoral system to ensure MPs are accountable to the people.

"The MPs must report to the constituencies, not to political party bosses."

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