Opposition parties to go ahead with Tshwane march despite rain

With rain already pouring down in parts of the capital, demonstrators have been urged to come out in the numbers to support the march against President Jacob Zuma.

EFF supporters gather at Church Square in Pretoria for an anti-Jacob Zuma march. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Opposition parties say the march to the Union Buildings will go ahead as planned as the rain threatens to disrupt the demonstration.

Thousands of people are expected to descend on Church Square on Wednesday morning before taking their protest to the seat of government at around midday.

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa says: “But those few who will be here, we’re determined, we’ll march to the Union Buildings. We’ll not cancel this gathering.”

With rain already pouring down in parts of the capital demonstrators have been urged to come out in the numbers to support the march.

The number of people continues to grow, seemingly unfazed by the weather.

The Economic Freedom Fighters’ Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has also arrived and said they are concerned that the weather might deter people from coming out for the march.

Supporters of the Democratic Alliance, Congress of the People, Inkatha Freedom Party and the African Christian Democratic Party are also expected to join the mass action.

The police’s public order unit has already been deployed and are watching from a distance.

Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane said he expects the march to go smoothly, however, he warned lawlessness will not be tolerated.

Food stalls have been set up on the square to feed the thousands of people expected to gather here in the next few hours.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)