Barriers used to keep pro- and anti-Zuma protesters apart outside Parliament

2017-08-08 15:05
The no man's land between the two marches. (Margaux Solinas, News24)

The no man's land between the two marches. (Margaux Solinas, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

WATCH LIVE: Motion of No Confidence in President Jacob Zuma

2017-08-08 14:07

All eyes are on African National Congress MPs as they prepare to cast a secret vote on the leadership of President Jacob Zuma.WATCH

Cape Town - The intersection of Roeland and St Johns road in Cape Town formed a no man's land between thousands of ANC supporters and anti-Zuma protesters gathered outside Parliament for the #voteofnoconfidence in President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday. 

"Zuma must fall" roared the emcees for the opposition who want Zuma to be voted out by the MPs inside, while across the divide ANC supporters bellowed "Long live President Zuma".

The intersection was barricaded with rows of police vehicles and armoured police trucks were parked next to the barricades.

Rows of security officials formed another line of defence while the opposing political views competed for airspace. 

Another barricade distanced the groups from Parliament's perimeter fence in case there was a charge akin to the #Feesmustfall protests of 2015.

Follow our live updates of the protest here

Standing on a truck earlier, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said Zuma must leave and go back to Nkandla because of all the problems he is causing South Africa.

"He is like Pick n Pay," shouted Maimane.

"He picks the wrong people and we pay," he said.

Maimane said letting Zuma go and rest in Nkandla was letting him off easily.

"He must go to jail."


There was a strong police presence outside Parliament. (Jenni Evans, News24)

South African Federation of Trade Unions leader Zwelinzima Vavi told the thousands of anti-Zuma marchers that Zuma had "mortgaged South Africa for a plate of cheap curry".

When FF Plus MP Pieter Groenewald took the mic on the opposition side to shout that Zuma must go, there were mutters of "give us back our land" in the crowd.

African Christian Democratic Party leader Kenneth Meshoe said God was with the people and shouted that the people should be electing presidents, not Parliament.

Rights activist Kumi Naidoo said Zuma had three things to do on Tuesday: to make sure Deputy Minister of Education Mduduzi Manana was arrested after claims by a woman that he had hit her at Cubana in Johannesburg; to phone Russian President Vladimir Putin to tell him the nuclear deal is off, and to leave office.

Follow our live updates of the no confidence vote here

Read more on:    parliament  |  julius malema  |  jacob zuma  |  mmusi mai­mane  |  cape town  |  politics  |  protests

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Watch: Investing in the future through child development

An investment of R32-million into 11 early childhood development centres is changing the future for children in the Northern Cape.

Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.

/News
 

Can we communicate with our pets?

Animal communicator Theanette Staal believes animals understand more than we realise. But how much do our pets really understand – what do you think?

 
 

Paws

8 great natural remedies for your pet
Buying a puppy? Don’t get scammed!
WATCH: These funny animal videos will make you LOL!
11 animals before and after they were adopted from shelters
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.