#SAunites LIVE: AS IT HAPPENED: South Africans thanked for peaceful marches

2017-04-07 05:43

Ministers holding a press briefing on nationwide protests said South Africans exercised their rights to march peacefully and thanked them for doing so. Police were also commended for protecting citizens.

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07 Apr 19:07

Friday’s activities were a demonstration of a strengthened democracy where citizens are engaged in shaping the public discourse, the department of communication said in a statement on Friday.

Behind the scenes, the government machinery prepared itself to ensure that services to the public remain uninterrupted and that the daily work of government to move South Africa in an upward trajectory continues.

Friday’s activities were a demonstration of a strengthened democracy where citizens are engaged in shaping the public discourse.

Today’s actions demonstrated a maturing democracy which guarantees freedom of association, speech, and movement.


07 Apr 18:32

The only place President Jacob Zuma is going is a long list of official engagements, after the African National Congress said there were no plans for him to step down after Friday's nationwide protests.

"There has been no such discussion," ANC spokesperson Khusela Sangoni said, when asked if the protests had led to any discussions in the party about Zuma.


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Dlodlo says only concentrating on two people who were fired at a cabinet reshuffle. “We don’t bring corruption,” said Dlodlo.

It is unfair to assume all new members are corrupt.


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Mapisa-Nqakula says it is not the first time where ordinary citizens generate intelligence reports. Give ministers space to investigate this.

07 Apr 18:01

Mapisa-Nqakula says all citizens have the right to privacy and protection by the SAPS, referring to protests at Saxonworld.

“They are exercising their right to protect citizens of SA,” the ministers says, speaking about police firing tear gas.


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Mapisa-Nqakula says it is not the first time where ordinary citizens generate intelligence reports. Give ministers space to investigate this.

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Mapisa-Nqakula says it is not the first time where ordinary citizens generate intelligence reports. Give ministers space to investigate this.

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Zuma did not break the law by reshuffling Cabinet says Mahlobo.

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Mahlobo says the message today is to congratulate people who have exercised their rights to peacefully protest.

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Due to the confusion last night on illegal and legal marches, all were allowed to continue and Mapisa-Nqakula can't confirm if MKMVA had obtained authorisation for gathering. 

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15 000 people gathered in Pretoria, 1 500 in Port Elizabeth, 10 000 in Cape Town and 500 in Mbombela.

2 injuries have been reported in Johannesburg and one arrest in Port Elizabeth.


07 Apr 17:28
Minister of State security David Mahlobo: “Let’s not conflate issues”. The President did not commit any crime he says.

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Minister Dlodlo said there were clashes but minimal.

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Minister Dlodlo says today’s activities show a strengthening democracy which shapes public discourse. 

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Police fired stun grenades to break up a hostile shouting match between pro- and anti-Zuma demonstrators outside the Saxonworld home of the Gupta brothers who own Oakbay Investments and have been accused of manipulating Cabinet appointments.

According to Netwerk24 photographer Felix Dlangamandla about 20 pro-Zuma Black First Land First (BLF) and about 500 anti-Zuma supporters almost came to blows outside the Johannesburg estate.

BLF supporters were shouting ''one settler, one bullet'', and accused the anti-Zuma protesters of benefiting in the past through land that was taken away from them.

As the altercation became more heated, police asked them to leave the leafy suburb, and then set off stun grenades to clear the area.

The house was guarded by private security, and police had come out from Norwood and Rosebank to assist the Public Order police.

The Gupta brothers Ajay and Atul have allegedly been having a behind the scenes say in who President Jacob Zuma appoints as Cabinet ministers, according to claims that have not been tested in court.


07 Apr 16:26

What started as a tiny band of protesters outside the Gupta family's estate in Johannesburg on Friday morning has grown into large, lively crowd of picketers.

As struggle songs resonated outside the infamous family's upmarket estate in the leafy suburb of Saxonwold, posters demanding the resignation of President Jacob Zuma were the order of the day.

Police at the scene cordoned off the road, a police helicopter circled above the estate, and at least 20 police officers and private security guards kept a close watch on the more than 100 people gathered in front of the compound's main entrance.



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