#UniteBehind: Organisations meet in CT in preparation for Zuma motion

The mass meeting serves as a build-up to the planned march on 7 August, a day before MPs vote on a confidence motion in Jacob Zuma.

Organisations under the #UniteBehind umbrella hold a mass meeting at the Greenmarket Square in Cape Town. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Various civic organisations are meeting in Cape Town on Saturday in a build up to a demonstration calling for President Jacob Zuma to be recalled.

The Social Justice Coalition, Equal Education and Ndifuna Ukwazi are among the groups that have banded together to form an umbrella movement called #UniteBehind.

Saturday’s mass meeting taking place in Greenmarket Square in Cape Town, serves as a build-up to the planned march on 7 August, a day before Members of Parliament (MPs) vote on a motion of no confidence in Zuma.

Hundreds of demonstrators, comprising civil society organizations such as Sonke Gender Justice and Ndifuna Ukwazi, are expected to participate in the march to Parliament.

The Social Justice Coalition's Axolile Notywala said, “This mass meeting is for comminutes within Cape Town and disucss what has been happening in South Africa.”

AmaBhungane investigative journalist Micah Reddy has been invited to the meeting to discuss his work in uncovering the ‘Gupta emails’.

“It’s quite an opportunity for us to detail what’s in the leaks, how the scandal, corruption and the abuse of power that they expose relate to ordinary people.”

Some of #UniteBehind's aims include stopping the contentious one trillion rands nuclear deal and addressing safety, policing and justice issues.