President Zuma Calls on South Africans to Unite

Tens of thousands of South Africans from various political and civil society groups march to the Union Buildings to protest against South African president and demand his resignation on April 7, 2017 in Pretoria, The protest comes after South African President Jacob Zuma dismissed widely respected South African Minister of finance, Pravin Gordhan in a cabinet reshuffle.

According to local media, Members of the ruling African National Congress party assaulted several protesters participating in a Johannesburg march organized by the Democratic Alliance, South Africa's biggest opposition party.

Sipho Pityana leader of SaveSA said South Africa is not a junk country with a junk president and called on Zuma to resign.

President Jacob Zuma plunged South Africa into a political crisis when he fired Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan March 31, prompting a drop in the rand and triggering a downgrade to junk from S&P Global Ratings.

South Africa's Deputy-President Cyril Ramaphosa, among other senior ANC officials, called Zuma's decision "totally unacceptable", and the move appeared to have exposed deep divisions in the party, which has ruled the country virtually unchallenged since the end of white-minority rule-known as apartheid-in 1994.

The ANC also rejected calls for Zuma to quit, he said and said its members in parliament would vote to defeat a motion of no-confidence against Zuma on April 18.

Some of those on the streets said they are now backing the opposition Democratic Alliance party led by Mmusi Maimane.

Employees in the hospitality sector in Sandton use their lunch break to protest against Zuma. Members of the ANC party's youth wing also gathered outside its headquarters at Luthuli House to shield it from protestors. They need a second revolution aimed at discovering the kind of leadership that puts people first.

ANC treasurer-general, Zweli Mkhize, one of the party's top six leaders - also spoke at the memorial service held in Zuma's stronghold of the eastern KwaZulu Natal province, but his speech was drowned by pro-Zuma chants and songs.

"We think that the most likely outcome is still that Mr. Zuma will decide the timing of his own exit". The march was sparked by Zuma's controversial decision to sack a finance minister. Protesters marched through the city with their faces painted, carrying messages of "downgrade Zuma, not South Africa" in reference to the country's amended credit rating. The tweet was in response to a conversation on Twitter where Mayihlome Tshwete of the South African treasury said the Save SA protests were well-funded.

In response to the protests, ANC presidential contender Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said in a tweet; "This is what they are protecting. hence some of us are not part of this rubbish".



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