Malema: For the sake of the economy, Zuma must go

Opposition political parties led thousands of South Africans to the Union Buildings, calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

Economic Freedom Fighters supporters demonstrate on 12 April 2017 during an anti-Zuma march. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema told those gathered at Church Square in Pretoria that South Africa can only recover economically if President Jacob Zuma resigns.

Protesters gather at Church Square in Pretoria ahead of a march to the Union Buildings to call for the resignation of President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN.

Opposition political parties, including the African Christian Democratic Party, African Independent Congress, Democratic Alliance and United Democratic Movement, led thousands of South Africans to the Union Buildings, calling for Zuma to step down.

The protest follows Zuma’s controversial Cabinet reshuffle and the country’s consequent credit downgrade to junk status by two ratings agencies.

Malema says South Africa can only prosper without Zuma as president.

“Zuma must leave the office and the sooner he does that, the better because this country must recover economically.

“Because we love South Africa today we will march hand in hand with all political parties. We will not tolerate any misbehaviour and want maximum discipline.”

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Picture by Louise McAuliffe/EWN.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)