AFRICANGLOBE – Thousands of South Africans have arrived at the Union Buildings as part of nationwide protest calling for the removal of President Jacob Zuma.
Chants of “Zuma must fall” echoed through the grounds as protesters marched.
There was a heavy police presence, with people inside the Union Buildings taking pictures and videos of the crowd.
People had started gathering in front of the Art Museum from early morning, ahead of the march.
South Africans from all walks of life held placards displaying their dissatisfaction with Zuma.
Bishop Jo Seoka said the time had come for Zuma to step down, as he was destroying the legacy of those who had died to free the country.
“It’s about time he goes. He is making too many blunders. He is destroying what people have stood and died for over the years,” said Seoka.
“We need a leadership that is decisive and has a vision. We must be bold enough to say it’s enough.”
Layton de Wet said he was not happy with the Zuma’s governance.
“For me it’s all about governance. There is no country or company in the world that can run without good governance,” he said.
“There is no governance under President Zuma. He must go.”
De Wet was just one of thousands throughout the country who have questioned Zuma’s leadership following his decision to sack Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and replace him with the virtually unknown Des van Rooyen. The move sent markets tumbling and the rand plummeting.
Four days later, Van Rooyen was replaced with former finance minister Pravin Gordhan.
De Wet said the time had come for accountability.
“This attitude of people getting caught with their hands in the cookie jar and getting a slap on the wrist or a reshuffling to a new ministry, is totally unacceptable. This has to stop. If we want a successful country that everybody can be part of and prosper, good governance has to be number one,” he said.
De Wet said the African National Congress should look at alternative leaders, like Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
By: Karabo Ngoepe