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South Africa's Freedom Day protest held against Zuma

South Africa's Freedom Day protest held against Zuma

South Africa

A major protest has taken place in South Africa against embattled President Jacob Zuma.

Some 2,000 people gathered in Pretoria on Thursday to demand Zuma’s exit on the occasion of the “Freedom Day”, which marked the first free elections in the country’s history in 1994 as well as fall of apartheid.

The group, “Freedom Movement”, combining parties and civil society groups hostile to Zuma, gathered in a park in the capital, holding placards that read “Zuma must go “.

“Coalition governments are the way forward and this indicates to me that it actually is possible, people can work together across political spectrum, labour, religious sectors and come together to say we need to build a government of a coalition that will take South Africa in the right direction,” Mmusi Maimane, Democratic Alliance Leader said.

Accused of corruption, Zuma has been accused of being insensitive.

A controversial ministerial reshuffle in March also led to tens of thousands of people marching in the streets.

Zuma, whose term expires in 2019, is expected to survive a parliamentary debate on a motion of no confidence brought against him by several opposition parties.

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