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Thousands set to march in Pretoria ahead of day 2 of state capture case

The EFF will be calling for President Jacob Zuma to resign and for free education for students.

Thousands of people are converging in the capital city this morning ahead of planned marches to the Pretoria Regional Court. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

PRETORIA – After a night vigil, hundreds of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters are gathered at Church Square in the Pretoria inner city ahead of their march to the Pretoria Magistrates Court.

The demonstration was supposed to coincide with the appearance of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan but charges were withdrawn against him on Monday.

However, President Jacob Zuma’s application to prevent the release of the Public Protector’s state capture report is going ahead in the high court.

Spirits are clearly high with many EFF supporters singing and dancing ahead of their march this morning.

It was clearly a long night for some, who are taking naps on the grass.

There is a fairly heavy police presence in the area with more officers trickling in.

A police helicopter was hovering over the city a short while ago.

The Tshwane metro police have already started closing off key intersection around the high court and magistrates court where thousands of people are expected to gather.

The EFF will be calling for President Zuma to resign and for free education for students.

Meanwhile, the City of Tshwane has warned residents about possible disruptions of bus services because of the demonstrations.

The city's Lindela Mashigo says services will be affected from 11am and has advised motorists to use alternative routes.

“Commuters are advised to make use of alternative transport as we cannot guarantee a full operation for the second portion which begins at around 11am. We regret the inconvenience that could be caused.”

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