It’s obvious that more troubles will be coming President Jacob Zuma’s way soon, as a newly-launched movement, made up of civil society organisations, religious groups and political parties will be organising another march against him.
The organizations jointly known as Freedom Movement made this known on Thursday at the Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto during its inauguration.
The movement, which has a wide range of supporters, including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu announced that it will gather at Freedom Park, Pretoria, next week to demonstrate against Zuma’s presidency.
Also at the inauguration were the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), the UDM’s Bantu Holomisa and FEDUSA secretary Dennis George, among others.
South African political commentator Prince Mashele buttressed that the movement was formed because the country has had enough of Zuma’s corruption-plagued leadership.
He said: “The immediate objective of this is to help facilitate a large-scale protest outside Parliament when the motion of no confidence happens. We shall not sit back and watch while our children’s future is destroyed by a rogue president working with parasitic private interest … this is our country, we shall defend it.”
DA Leader Mmusi Maimane said it’s time for South Africans to reclaim their freedom as one person cannot hold all the power over 55 million South Africans.
“What is critical going forward is that the collaboration between political parties, civil society, religious groupings and trade unions take to the streets to communicate to South Africans that this is our country and we must reclaim it,” said Maimane.
Weighing in, United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa urged the movement’s supporters not to sit at home on April 27 but join the gathering.
“We know that when President Zuma was in trouble he came up with phrases like Radical Economic Transformation, but we know that it is nothing else than radical procurement for friends and families and we need to stop this behaviour,” Holomisa said.
Meanwhile, the Freedom movement is set to hold its first anti-Zuma march on 27 April being Freedom Day. Interested citizens are told to gather at the Freedom Park for the march.