20°C / 22°C

Anti-Zuma protesters take to the streets

A number of protests are taking place across SA calling for President Jacob Zuma’s resignation.

Zuma Must Fall protesters make their way to Parliament on 27 April 2016 during a planned demonstration. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - Civil society groups are staging a number of protests across the country, saying they're defending the Constitution.

In the Johannesburg CBD dozens of people gathered as part of a protest by the People's Assembly calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

#FreedomDay #ZumaMustFall Leader of COPE Mosiuoa Lekota also showing solidarity to movement.KG pic.twitter.com/cKarkZ03t5

The president has come under fire, most recently after the Constitutional Court found he violated the Constitution in his handling of the Public Protector's report on upgrades at his Nkandla homestead.

People gathered have all expressed their unified message, calling for the president to step down.

#ZumaMustFall Scores gather in Joburg CBD to tell president to step down.KG pic.twitter.com/zPIcs3YTOm

A message on behalf of Rivonia trialist Denis Goldberg was also been read out where he called for the protection of Chapter Nine institutions.

"No person or organ of state may interfere with the functioning of these institutions."

Congress of the People's Mosiuoa Lekota says it is time South Africans rise against corruption and ANC MPs who he says have failed to uphold the Constitution.

Lekota says the ANC will not govern forever.

"South Africa cannot afford to be governed by men and women who are not following the Constitution. We are a constitutional democracy to that extent it means those people who are sitting in Parliament are null and void."

At the same time, hundreds of people gathered in the Cape Town City Centre for the 'Zuma Must Go' march.

#ZumaMustFall march in Plein Street and will end in front of Parliament. XK pic.twitter.com/9lttC3uH3k

#ZumaMustFall Five minutes ahead of schedule and the march is on the move. XK pic.twitter.com/kefF7nwABk

The group is questioning Zuma's leadership qualities, saying he is not the right person to take the country forward.

At least 400 people, young and old, gathered at Keizergracht Street ahead of the planned march to Parliament.

#ZumaMustFall Police taking a precaution at Parliament Street. XK pic.twitter.com/j9BXpRXhOa

"If I transgress and the court passes a judgment on me, if you do the crime you do the time. Jacob Zuma has in many ways done things that are dishonouring and immoral," march organiser Barry Isaacs says.

Isaacs adds the country will go over the proverbial cliff's edge if Zuma remains at its helm.

Meanwhile, a group of religious organisations in Cape Town have requested a meeting with Zuma to discuss concerns with his leadership.

The group is among the people gathered outside Parliament demanding Zuma resigns or be recalled by the ANC.

Isaacs, who represents the Consultation of Christian Churches, believes Zuma will lead the country to become a failed state.

He says hundreds of religious organisations have requested a meeting with the president.

"We want an open door to meet with him and his leadership, we the people want to help."

Evangelic Alliance chairperson Richard Verreynne says the country's in a "constitutional crisis" when a sitting president is found to have flouted the Constitution but does not step down.

He says the organisations will continue to call for Zuma's resignation despite what he says is inaction from the ANC.

Other 'Zuma Must Go' marches are being held in Durban and Bloemfontein.


Dozens of people also gathered at a busy intersection in Newlands to show support for a new movement which encourages citizens to be proactive.

A poster is decorated with the country's flag and the words "Constitution, country and people" in bold print.

The newly formed South Africa First Forum aims to promote public dialogue about ways in which to uphold the Constitution.

Founder of the forum and event organiser, Lisa Joshua-Sonn, says today's gathering shows how many people want to make the country a better place.

Joshua-Sonn says the demonstrators are from different parts of Cape Town, including wealthy suburbs such as Constantia.


EWN welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

- Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
- Sexism
- Homophobia
- Religious intolerance
- Cyber bullying
- Hate speech
- Derogatory language
- Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the EWN community a safe and welcoming space for all.

EWN reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

EWN is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

comments powered by Disqus