South African police fired tear gas and rubber bullets Friday to stop suspected African National Congress (ANC) protesters who were heading towards anti-Zuma protesters in Johannesburg.
Two people were reported injured.
The suspected ANC protesters were captured on video with sticks wearing yellow ANC t-shirts with Zuma’s face printed on the front while they chant towards the #MarchForChange protesters who were at another part of Johannesburg.
The pro-Zuma supporters earlier gathered at the ANC headquarters preparing to stage a counter-protest.
“ANC distances itself from and has not organized any marches to its Headquarters, Luthulil House, whether in protest or in its defence,” the party tweeted Friday morning.
ANC distances itself from & has not organized any marches to its Headquarters, #LuthuliHouse, whether in protest or in its defence— Year of OR Tambo (@MYANC) April 7, 2017
On the other side of the city, thousands of people are participating in the nationwide #MarchForChange protest organized by the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party.
They are calling for President Jacob Zuma to be impeached after his recent cabinet reshuffle, while the DA has already tabled a motion of no-confidence against Zuma in parliament which will be debated on April 18.