From Port Elizabeth to Pretoria, South Africans are united in their call for President Jacob Zuma to step down. Here are the details on the marches. Marches have been planned countrywide in response to President Jacob Zuma's decision to replace the finance minister three times within four days.
A wave of various anti-Zuma movements have leapt up all over social media in recent days, speared on by the disastrous events of the much-publicised decisions taken by President Jacob Zuma in the finance ministry of late.
Last week, Zuma unexpectedly announced that Nhlanhla Nene would be replaced by the relatively unknown David van Rooyen as finance minister. The latter was abruptly removed four-days later; swapping ministries with Pravin Gordhan. The result was the formation of various pages on Facebook informing the public at large of the various marches taking place in parts of the country on Wednesday.
- In Pretoria, supporters of the anti-Zuma movement will meet at the Pretoria Art Museum at the corner of Francis Baard and Johan Streets in Arcadia by 9am. They will then march to the Union Buildings where they plan to protest until 3pm.
- A silent protest also under the #ZumaMustFall moniker will be held in Plettenberg Bay from 4-5.30pm at Plett Main Street. Facebook postings say those interested must bring their own placards, select a spot on the pavement and protest against Zuma’s leadership.
- In George, there will be a silent picket at Unity Park at the top of York Street from 10am-1pm. Those attending are encouraged to bring posters and to invite friends and family.
- Durban’s anti-Zuma event is scheduled for February 2016. According to queries posted on Facebook, this is so as to allow organisers enough time to prepare. Dubbed the Multi Million Man March, they have set themselves an ambitious target of at least one million participants.
- In Port Elizabeth, local resident Alter James is organising a march scheduled to start at 10am at the corner of Holland Street and Govan Mbeki Avenue.
- The Unite Against Corruption (UAC) coalition will be hosting two anti-Zuma marches on Wednesday; one in Johannesburg, the other in Cape Town.
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