The Limpopo march against Zuma will go ahead but without the presence of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the congress of the People (Cope)
The two parties announced on Tuesday that they would not be participating in the DA’s planned march against President Jacob Zuma in Polokwane, due to some logistics problems.
Over the weekend, The Democratic Alliance announced its plans to lead another march against President Jacob Zuma and the controversial state capture.
The party said the Limpopo march against Zuma will be taken to the very doorsteps of provincial treasury where they would alert the department of their disapproval of the Zuma led administration especially in handling state finances.
However, Cope spokesperson Dennis Bloem said the party would not be marching because of lack of engagement and insufficient details while EFF’s Jossy Buthane said “unresolved issues” over the logistics meant that it would also not be participating.
However, the party said its non-participation was not the end of a united opposition party revolt against Zuma.
DA members gathered at a park in Polokwane ahead of the march, with some holding up placards with anti-Zuma messages written on them while others continue with their call for Zuma to be fired.
During his address at the march against state capture to Limpopo Provincial Treasury, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said that the recent action of President Jacob Zuma has united the country… against him.
According to the DA leader, South Africans are able to unite and speak with one voice today bearing no racial differences, thanks to Zuma and his “corrupt and self-centered government”.
“Jacob Zuma has united the country – against him.” – @MmusiMaimane
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) April 18, 2017
While the Limpopo March against Zuma continues, United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa calls on protesters to stop protesting and find better means of discussing the country out of its current state.
Holomisa was one of the political leaders who organized last week’s march by political parties to demand that Zuma leaves office.
But in this week’s statement released amid countrywide protests calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down, Holomisa calls for a national summit that would address some of the country’s problems‚ such as “land‚ economy‚ employment‚ corruption‚ good governance‚ education‚ health”.
“When South Africans marched under the leadership of the opposition parties at the National Day of Action … I advised that we cannot march forever‚ but that we must find a way to converge under one roof to discuss South Africa’s future‚” said Holomisa, adding that his party is of the view that there must be a vehicle that will provide a safe space for all stakeholders – irrespective of political affiliation – to assemble and hammer out a common vision for South Africa.
South Africa is at a crossroad and is in urgent need of visionary leadership to provide guidance in finding lasting solutions to the challenges we face. The uprisings‚ as expressed through peaceful marches‚ reflect a deep-seated frustration about the direction the country is taking.