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2017-04-20 06:00


RELIGIOUS organisations, civic associations and members of the community formed a human chain along the R102 in Tongaat calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down on Friday, April 7.

The marchers carried placards with messages saying “Zuma Must Go”, gathered outside Golden Sun supermarket from the morning waving the placards to passing motorists and chanting slogans calling for Zuma to resign from his duties.

The march was part of the concerted efforts made by concerned residents across the country to express their dissatisfaction with the current political situation after Zuma reshuffled his cabinet once again.

Marching residents told the Weekly that it was high time that South Africa stood up and said enough is enough for the sake of the economy.

Other protesters were concerned about the ‘downfall of the economy’ of the country since Zuma took over from former president Thabo Mbeki.

Sugie Govender from the Tongaat Hindu Unit Forum said: “The state has been captured and we are concerned about it. We have been [staunch] supporters of the ANC during the times of the apartheid government. We do not believe that one man can wield so much of power and fail to take advice from experienced statesmen in the ANC. As religious organisations, sporting, educational and civic organisations we are saying whatever little needs to be done to create the awareness that our president is holding the country to ransom, we will do. We are all proudly South Africans.”

Devan Singh from the Seatides Ratepayers Association said: “We are here today to say no to what is happening to our country in terms of the state capture. During the times of the late president Nelson Mandela and former president Thabo Mbeki the economy of the country was progressing. When Zuma took over, the economy collapsed. Zuma has no respect for his office and he works against the constitution of our country. Therefore, investors will run away and businesses will collapse while we have a high number of people who are unemployed.”

The #SaveSA marches took place in many parts of the country with residents calling for Zuma to step down. Other similar marches were held in Durban where hundreds of protesters coming from different areas marched to South Beach in a bid to ratchet up pressure to the president to step down.

Singh added: “They are making our country poorer.”

However, other residents who opted not to participate said marching was not a good option.
Police spokesperson in Tongaat Warrant Officer Manisha Maharaja-Marie said the march was peaceful.

In Pretoria the people marched from Church Square to the Union Buildings.
Prior to the #SaveSA march, the office of the president issued a statement and said the president noted inaccurate reports that his office had previously opposed the march to the Union Buildings.

Spokesperson in the presidency Bongani Ngqulunga said: “The presidency respects the right of South Africans to protest peacefully as enriched in the Constitution of the Republic. The presidency is thus not opposes to the march by SaveSA to the Union Buildings.”





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