Opposition parties in South Africa are going ahead with plans to protest against embattled President Jacob Zuma despite a downpour in parts of the country.
South Africans from all walks of life have converged for what has been dubbed the ‘National Day of Action’ – which incidentally coincides with the President’s birthday.
Nine opposition parties led by the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) resolved on Monday (April 10) to hold protests against President Zuma on his birthday.
It is expected to start from the Church Square in the center of the capital, Pretoria, and supposed to finish at the seat of government (Union Buildings).
Unhappy Birthday message amid heightened police presence
Placard wielding protesters are not just calling for the President’s head but they are also addressing issues relating to the President’s 75th birthday.
Additionally, local journalists are tweeting about the heightened incidence of police on the ground along the route of the protest at the destination.
March underway, organizers call for peaceful protests
Parties involved in the protest
The DA last Friday organized thousands of South Africans to hit the streets nationwide calling for 75-year-old Zuma’s removal as president.
Other parties involved in the protest include the African Christian Democratic Party, African Independent Congress, African People’s Convention, Congress of the People, Agang SA, Inkatha Freedom Party and the United Democratic Movement.
We are united & together we have the power to remove the man who sold our country to the highest bidder!— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) April 12, 2017
ZUMA MUST GO #NationalDayofAction
What caused the latest round of anti-Zuma protest?
The latest round of protests comes after Zuma fired a number of appointees including the ‘respected’ finance minister, Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas in a cabinet reshuffle last week.
The South African rand took a dip after the firing of Gordhan and the economy was downgraded to junk-status by two rating agencies – Fitch and Standard and Poors.
Meanwhile, ruling ANC wishes President Zuma ‘Happy Birthday’
ANC CONGRATULATES PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA ON THE OCCASION OF HIS 75TH BIRTHDAY pic.twitter.com/05Yxkqtpsz— Year of OR Tambo (@MYANC) April 12, 2017
Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo wishes President Jacob Zuma a happy birthday! pic.twitter.com/7zNu53I1Ik— South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) April 12, 2017