President Jacob Zuma will by Wednesday be celebrating his 75th birthday and interestingly, SA opposition parties plan on staging a mass protest as a way of marking the event with the president.
Opposition parties declared Wednesday a “national day of action” where citizens will once again register their dissatisfaction in the Zuma-led administration in a “rolling mass action” to unseat President Jacob Zuma.
To mark the event, opposition parties, including organizations and pressure groups plan to march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
The political parties involved in the march include:
- African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)
- Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)
- The African Independent Congress (AIC)
- African People’s Convention (APC)
- Congress of the People (Cope)
- Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)
- Democratic Alliance (DA)
- United Democratic Movement (UDM)
This was revealed by leaders of SA opposition parties who on Monday afternoon briefed media men on their plans going forward. The UDM leader Bantu Holomisa also said that the plan to take up mass action against Zuma is part of the opposition’s actions to put “South Africa and its citizens first”.
Holomisa further stated that opposition parties have been granted the permission to go on with the march to the Union Buildings on Wednesday unlike last Friday’s where the protest led to confusion after acting police boss Khomotso Phahlane said protesters did not have permission to march on the Union Buildings.
Speaking further on the planned protest, EFF leader Julius Malema said the Wednesday march will form a catalyst for further protest actions around the country
He also said that plans are underway for protests on April 27 – the Freedom Day public holiday which will commemorate South Africa’s first democratic election in 1994.
South Africans voted for the ANC to be the governing party, but not for Zuma, he said, insisting that the onus was on the ANC to do the right thing by first recalling Zuma because the party deployed him to be president.
Malema said SA opposition parties will receive a letter saying permission for the march has been granted. The said letter will be distributed on Monday afternoon.
“We are not going to play these games they tried to play with Save SA,” Malema said.
While parties go on with their plans to stage a protest on Zuma’s 75th birthday, the president has on Monday labeled the Friday protest a racist move against blacks.
Addressing the 24th anniversary of the death of South African Communist Party (SACP) leader Chris Hani in Boksburg on Monday, Zuma wailed that racist onslaught has become more direct and was prevalent on the just concluded protest.
According to him, it’s important to take the fight beyond “overt racist utterances and public displays.” With that, he asserted that “racism is a gross violation of human rights” which plunged South Africa “into decades of conflict in the past.”
“We cannot allow and assist racists in taking our country backward,” Zuma charged.