ANC supporters leave Joburg CBD

MKMVA members and ANC supporters marched around the party’s headquarters, saying they were defending the president from those who want regime change.

A group of ANC members gathered outside Luthuli House in Johannesburg's CBD in a show of solidarity with President Jacob Zuma as marches against the president take place across the country on 7 April 2017. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - After a day of altercations and fierce defence of President Jacob Zuma, African National Congress (ANC) supporters have dispersed in the Johannesburg CBD.

MKMVA members and ANC supporters from KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State and Mpumalanga marched around the party’s headquarters, saying they were defending the president from those who want regime change.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) made it clear it would not be marching to Luthuli House.

The day started with MKMVA members in military uniforms forming a barrier around the ANC headquarters with war cries, saying they were defending the building from harm.

Supporters then joined in and made it clear they are willing to protect Zuma with their lives.

“We’re going to defend it with the best tactic we know how even if it takes our blood.”

An altercation then occurred between ANC supporters and anti-Zuma protesters holding a banner saying: “You Must Be Joking”.

They were kicked and punched before police whisked them away.

ANC Youth League leader Collin Maine addressed supporters.

“Zuma is going nowhere until 2019.”

Four ANC supporters were injured and a DA member was seriously injured after being attacked by the ANC supporters.

No arrests have been made.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)