April 7 Nationwide Protest: The South African Police Service (SAPS) is currently monitoring a social media campaign calling on South Africans to shut down the country on Friday and take to the streets.
National police spokesperson Vish Naidoo told reporters that the matter is being monitored and that the police will act against any form of violence capable of bringing the country into disrepute.
“National police spokesperson Vish Naidoo said the matter was being monitored,” he said.
Over the weekend, the campaign had gone viral, calling on everyone to join the national shutdown which targets President Zuma’s continuous stay in power.
South Africans were urged not to go to work, or to school or do anything but to hit the street. The message is saying ZumaMustFall and SouthAfricaMustRise.
“On Friday the 7 April South Africans need to take to the streets in masses… wherever you are, with signs of protest to make our collective voice heard. Block highways, stand with your communities, go to political houses, go to prayer meetings, arrange your own marches. Do whatever you can to make your voice heard,” organizers of the campaign stipulated.
The organisers also promised to post updates on where gatherings were happening throughout the country.
BuzzSouthAfrica understands that by Sunday night 3300 people had already indicated interest to participate in the ZumaMustFall march.
Nevertheless, the government communications unit GCIS has strongly condemned the march.
In a tweet posted on Monday night, the GCIS condemned organizers of the march, saying taking to the streets could lead to violence, and destruction of lives and property.
It warned that “Those found guilty of any form of violence will face the might of the law, adding that South Africans can engage each other on differences through meaningful dialogue and through appropriate platforms.
The anti-Zuma campaign was birthed days after the president reshuffled his cabinet‚ booting out respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas.
Protesters are expected to speak out against the capture of the Treasury by the Guptas and to #StopTheNuclearDeal during the march.
Calls for resistance against the cabinet reshuffle are being made by rival political parties, organizations and numerous unions, including the Treatment Action Campaign, Section27 and the newly-formed South African Federation of Trade Unions.
A Zuma Must Fall chant was also sang last week at the funeral service of ANC veteran Ahmed Kathrada, who had written to him last year, telling him to honourably step down. The letter was re-read by ANC former leader Motlanthe.