#UniteBehind coalition wants public to join their People's March

2017-08-02 20:54
South Africans from all backgrounds protesting against President Jacob Zuma (File, Brenton Geach / Gallo Images)

South Africans from all backgrounds protesting against President Jacob Zuma (File, Brenton Geach / Gallo Images)

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Cape Town - The #UniteBehind coalition will on Thursday call on the public to join their People's March next week, ahead of the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma the next day.

#UniteBehind - a coalition comprising over 20 groups including Equal Education, Right2Know, Save SA and the Treatment Action Campaign - has opted to call its own march on the day before the August 8 motion.

Two other marches are already planned for Tuesday - organised by opposition parties on the one hand, and the ANC in the Cape Town metro on the other.

- Read more: Pro and anti-Zuma marches to take place on #NoConfidence Day

Coalition organising secretariat member Zackie Achmat, a former ANC member, will host a press conference at 11:00 in St George's Cathedral in Cape Town on Thursday, to motivate for why the people should join their march this Monday.

Former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas, who reportedly turned down a R600m bribe to become finance minister at the behest of the Guptas, will address the march outside Parliament on Monday.

The key six points that Achmat and nine other speakers will highlight on Thursday to persuade the public to join them are:
- Billions are being stolen;
- Ending corruption is a prerequisite for equality and social justice;
- We can fight apartheid corruption while we fight today’s corruption;
- The future of our democracy depends on stopping this;
- The criminal justice system is being destroyed;
- Zuma is unleashing authoritarianism, tribalism and violence.

Religious leaders will lead a small procession to Parliament after the press conference to hand over a letter from the faith communities.

"As the largest group of civil society and faith communities in the Western Cape, we decided not to march under the banner of political parties, and to organise a #PeoplesMarch for the day before, 7 August," a coalition statement said.

"We intend for the character of our march against the Zuma Presidency to be educational, embracing, inclusive and diverse; instead of listening to a line-up of leaders from every political party, who will understandably using the platform to promote their organisations.

"We will use the march to educate ourselves in a non-partisan manner about state capture, democracy and social justice, and will hear from a wide range of often marginalised and excluded voices of our society.”

Everyone was welcome at the #UniteBehind march, even those who wanted to wear their party T-shirts.

The coalition would meet at 15:00 at Keizersgracht on Monday, and march to Parliament from there.

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