Thousands of party supporters from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) parties have been urged to march within the confines of the law and also respect the rule of law.
President Jacob Zuma sent these words to the groups of protesters holding the November 2 mass protest in Pretoria today.
He also encouraged them not to destroy or damage property or infrastructure during the #SaveSouthAfrica mass protest.
“Citizens have the right to march and voice their opinion‚ however, it must be done peacefully. No person should be coerced against their will. It is the responsibility of each citizen to play their part in protecting our hard-earned democracy,” the government said.
Acting director-general of Government Communications and Information Systems‚ Donald Liphoko‚ also requested party leaders to ensure that the democratic rights of other South Africans are not trampled on in the process.
Today, large numbers of EFF members, led by Julius Malema gathered at Church Square while DA leaders and supporters converged on the corner of Sophie de Bruyn and Francis Baard streets for a showdown march against President Jacob Zuma, FeesMustFall, State Capture Allegations among others.
Howbeit, reports had it that transit was crippled and bus routes in most of the streets in the CBD cordoned off due to the protest. There were also reports of looting and shop invasion.
Outside the Union Buildings, EFF’s intimidating supporters, who painted the town red were spotted clashing with police after their Commander-in-Chief Julius Malema ordered them to take over Pretoria streets.
Apart from the EFF and DA-led marches, other groups who participated in other marches include religious groups and other civil society groups.