South Africans of all races took to the streets today to protest the leadership of the country. The marches were organised by several political parties and civil society organisations following the Cabinet reshuffle that saw the exit of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas.
The move prompted ratings agency S&P to downgrade the country’s investment grade to junk status. In response, South Africans gathered on the National Day of Action to make their voices heard.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane led a march to Mary Fitzgerald Square, Johannesburg, while others gathered on roads across the country, displaying banners and signs calling for the president’s resignation.
Speaking at a press briefing on Wednesday, Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said any anti-Zuma movements would force the party to close ranks.
“It will take South Africans appreciating that we are an organisation; we have a responsibility and a task to discuss issues and take decisions before recalling Zuma. That is not arrogance; that it not anything. It is about a self-respecting organisation,” he said.
ANC supporters came out in defence of Zuma, saying they would protect the president.