The two approved marches organised by the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) scheduled to hold on November 2 will continue, despite Gordhan’s acquittal.
According to the Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD), all marches will commence from 8am until 3pm from Church Square to the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court. The police also warned motorists to be mindful of affected roads.
The DA and EFF had earlier planned to also march in support of embattled Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday when he would have appeared in the court.
However, following his vindication, the two opposition parties said the picket will continue, as they would be marching against the National Prosecution Authority Boss Shaun Abrahams, South Africa’s ailing constitution and negligence of free education.
“The march is not about Gordhan. I don’t think anyone should’ve planned any action against one case of one man. I think it’s important that we address societal issues in a whole sale,” EFF’s Mokoena said.
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) October 15, 2016
Reports had it that the Congress of the South African Trade Union (Cosatu) has canceled its proposed picket, scheduled to hold on November 2. The union canceled the protest shortly after NPA boss announced that Gordhan would no longer face fraud charges.
On Monday, the National Prosecution Authority boss Shaun Abrahams backtracked on the fraud charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, saying he found that Gordhan, Pillay, and Magashula lacked the requisite intention to act unlawfully after considering representations tabled before him.
Meanwhile, the Save South Africa campaign is set to host a people’s assembly against state capture. One of the leaders in the Save South Africa campaign, Lawson Naidoo, said that the assembly will comprise speakers from religious institutions, business, labour and civil society organisations would share their thoughts and experiences.