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)

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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  |  protests

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