Opposition parties plan national shutdown to force Zexit

Johannesburg - Opposition parties are planning a national shutdown to protest against the long and drawn-out process leading to President Jacob Zuma's resignation.

Economic Freedom Fighters spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi told News24 that the party would announce details of a planned national shutdown later on Thursday. 

"It's not just the EFF. We are planning a national shutdown that will be joined by everyone. We will make an announcement."

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United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa said opposition leaders were discussing the date. He however, said it would most likely happen on February 22. 

"We want this to be a national discussion with South Africans to send a strong message under the hashtag #RemoveZuma. It's clear that the ANC is failing to remove Zuma. They are still trying to deceive South Africans with this talk of a transition. What is that? It's high time we take this to the streets," Holomisa said.

The Democratic Alliance could not immediately confirm whether it would participate in the planned march.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane however said in a statement that the country cannot continue to be held in limbo over Zuma's exit.

"We need a swift resolution to this impasse as soon as possible," he said.

Maimane said the DA had consulted with the EFF and had resolved to call for an urgent sitting of Parliament on Tuesday February 13 for a motion of no confidence in Zuma. 

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EFF leader Julius Malema tweeted on Wednesday that the party would be, "going to the streets because those with power don’t know how to exercise it, no-one can defeat the power of the masses".

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