Minimal clashes reported during Friday anti-Zuma marches - govt

Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo commended the public for their responsible behaviour but also the law enforcement agencies.

Protesters disperse following the Anti Zuma March in Cape Town. Picture: Imran Goga/EWN

PRETORIA – Government says minimal clashes were reported during marches Friday which saw tens of thousands of South Africans gathering in cities across the country calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo provided an update on the march at a briefing in Pretoria on Friday.

Dlodlo commended the public for their responsible behaviour but also the law enforcement agencies.

“We also commend the security cluster for the visibility and maintaining order and stability, with minimal clashes reported.”

Dlodlo spokes at length about the Constitution and the public using lawful means to express their grievances.

“South Africans will have another opportunity to make their mark in 2019 and through this free and fair electoral process, citizens can make their voices heard.”

The minister denied this statement was an attempt to dissuade the public from continuing their call for Zuma to step down.

Government has commended South Africans for exercising their Constitutional right to protest in a responsible manner.

Dlodlo thanked protesters for their conduct.

“Friday’s activities were a demonstration of strengthening democracy where citizens are engaged in shaping the public discourse. They also demonstrated a maturing democracy which guaranteed freedom of associations, speech and movement.”

She commended the police for ensuring the safety and security of those involved.

“We also commend the security cluster for their visibility and maintaining order and stability with minimal clashes reported.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)