Despite the cool shower that greeted residents at the early hours of the day, thousands of marchers who gathered at Church Square in Pretoria on Wednesday morning for the #NationalDayofAction describe Zuma as a disease infesting South Africa which must be removed immediately.
The extremely large crowd consisting of mainly EFF and DA supporters were singing and dancing at the square as they marked the president’s 75th birthday in an unusual style.
Other organisations taking part in the #NationalDayOfAction include Congress of the People (COPE), Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) and The United Democratic Movement (UDM) among several other concerned South Africans.
Refilwe resident Nelly Mabiya who was among the protesters at the #NationalDayOfAction said it was impossible for anyone with any common sense not to see that President Jacob Zuma was like the viral disease affecting the nation’s growth and thus must be removed immediately before he caused any more harm to the country.
“This has nothing to do with which party you belong to; we are all affected by one man’s selfish greed,” she said.
Rethabile Barnes from Rabbie Ridge followed by urging the SA youths to take their stance like their 1976 peers did, else their future will be squarely destroyed.
“They made their mark and we have all been benefiting from their courageous actions. Nothing is stopping us from doing the same thing.”
“They cracked the foundation of an entire government system how can we not manage to get rid of one man,” said Barnes.
“We don’t want a party representative posing as a president thinking only of himself and his friends, we want a president first and foremost,” added another marcher from Sunnyside resident Kamogelo Tsitsi.
Speaking before the commencement of the march, leaders of opposition political parties pleaded with Zuma to show he has a conscience by listening to calls by people to resign.
“We are not going to be a disaster because of one man. Mr. Zuma we are giving you a red card; pack your bags and go,” Mkhuleko Hlengwa, chairperson of the IFP Youth Brigade pleaded.
SaveSA members said: “As civil society we are here today in support of all our political parties. We may not agree on ideologies but we agree on one thing that Zuma must go and Zuma must go today.”
Nelson Doctor, president of the newly-formed party called Shosholosa Progressive Movement said: “We can offer a peaceful exit for Zuma. He must resign within 72 hours otherwise we South Africans are going to push him out of office.”
“Zuma must leave the office and the sooner he does that, the better because this country must recover economically,” he said.
While Zuma’s allies and ANC party supporters withdraw from the march, Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama labeled the march a protest organised by white monopoly capital.
Mngxitama who joined a panel discussion at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria -to discuss the post-apartheid state- said White South Africans are using the Protest march to fight for the good of the white race in the country and not for all South Africans.
He said the #NationalDayofAction is a coup organised by white monopoly capitalists against Zuma who according to him has done no wrong.