LIVE: 'Zuma must fall' chanted outside Union Buildings

2015-12-16 08:56

Get the latest as South Africans march through some of the country's metropoles to demand that President Jacob Zuma be recalled.

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Last Updated at 00:37
16 Dec 13:28
So it sounds as if all the marches are over. And that's it for these updates too.

16 Dec 12:53
Gosh, Zuma is still speaking. He's been at it for more than half an hour. He says white males are still very much in control in the corporate world.

16 Dec 12:39
Even Table Mountain spoke out.

16 Dec 12:36
WATCH: #ZumaMustFall Cape Town

16 Dec 12:25
Joburg march is coming to an end, says News24 reporter Wim Pretorius. It was held in good spirit. No violence, a lot more white people than black people though, writes Pretorius. Some supporters said that they wish there was more black representation.

16 Dec 12:18

Vavi called for change. He says the president of South Africa should be chosen by the people and not the Parliament. Vavi says Zuma has destroyed every legacy the ANC built since 1994 when Mandela was president. He says the only way SA can move forward from the culture of corruption that has been getting bigger and bigger is to change drastically by removing Zuma.

And as the marches continue or comes to an end, Zuma giving a speech at Reconciliation Day celebrations in Port Elizabeth. He says the country's first democratic government used December 16 to bring the country together.

16 Dec 12:11
Cape Town marchers now going through Green Point.

16 Dec 12:07
Vavi tells Joburg marchers: "We will not let corruption continue. Zuma must fall."

16 Dec 12:03
WATCH: Protesters in Gauteng in the #ZumaMustFall march.

16 Dec 12:01
Meanwhile, Zuma is leading Reconciliation Day celebrations in Port Elizabeth.

16 Dec 11:55

People are now leaving the Union Buildings after marching to demand the removal of President Jacob Zuma.

The large crowd that started the morning has shrunk to less 200 people.Those that were left were busy signing petitions while others were talking about their dislike of Zuma.

South Africans from all walks of life sang in one voice and called on the ANC to recall Zuma.

Martin Mokoena said although he was leaving, the struggle was not over.

"We will continue with the marches until Zuma is removed. He has disgraced our country and has destroyed our economy. Zuma must fall," said Mokoena.

16 Dec 11:46
Western Cape Cope secretary Xolela Mjonondwana said about 50 party members attended the gathering. "We feel vindicated as a party. ANC has changed course. Cope as a party feels Jacob Zuma is actually out of his depth and doesn't provide leadership. We want a president who puts SA first. Spare us another Zuma."

16 Dec 11:44
People are starting to leave the protest at the Union Buildings though there are still quite a few hundred milling about.

16 Dec 11:38
Thousands of shouting marchers now making their way down Adderley Street in Cape Town. Not one person was seen going into the local Woolworths.

16 Dec 11:28
Quite a few people have said in passing that they wish "more people of colour" had attended, Jenna Etheridge in Cape Town reports.

16 Dec 11:26

16 Dec 11:20

16 Dec 11:18
I have got a matric but look I am looking after cars, Tshepo Molaole, 25 tells News24 reporter Jenna Etheridge in Cape Town. Molaole is from the North West. "I would like to push my studies but can't. I don't like Zuma because things are getting more expensive." A woman gave him R20 now and said "thanks for fighting for our country". Another woman gave him a bottle of water.

16 Dec 11:04
Vavi to Joburg protesters: Zuma, you have failed the poor. You have failed the working class. You have failed the South Africans who have the brains to think independently.

16 Dec 11:02

16 Dec 10:56

Thousands of South Africans have arrived at the Union Buildings as part of their protest calling for the removal of President Jacob Zuma.

Chants of Zuma must fall echoed through the grounds as marchers sang.There was heavy police presence with people inside the Union Buildings taking pictures and videos of the crowd.

The people say they are not happy with Zuma's leadership following the removal of Nhlanhla Nene from treasury.

He was replaced by Des van Rooyen but the market did not react positively to the move He was subsequently removed after only being in the office for four days. He was replaced by Pravin Gordhan

16 Dec 10:46

Musicians are now playing for Cape Town protesters.

Meanwhile, marchers have now arrived outside the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

16 Dec 10:36

16 Dec 10:27
Unite Against Corruption organiser tells Cape Town crowd: This is about us taking back country. Cannot stand by while country rots from corruption. We are taking stand today. We are here to say no more.

16 Dec 10:11

16 Dec 10:09
And in Joburg...

16 Dec 09:54

16 Dec 09:46
About 100 people have already gathered in Braamfontein for the #ZumaMustFallMarch which is expected to begin at 10:00.

16 Dec 09:21
Outside the Union Buildings Tshwane metro police are ready for marchers.

16 Dec 09:15
And in Pretoria...

16 Dec 09:08
The JMPD says the march will begin on the c/o Juta and Melle streets in Braamfontein at 10:00.

16 Dec 08:58
Already a few hundred protesters have gathered outside Parliament in Cape Town with posters calling for Zuma to go.

16 Dec 08:57

Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets in various cities on Wednesday to express their dissatisfaction with President Jacob Zuma's leadership.

Barring the Johannesburg march, organisers of marches in other cities have apparently not applied for permission to demonstrate.

Protest marches have been planned for Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, George, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Nelson Mandela Bay.

Zuma faced backlash after he announced last week that he was replacing Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene with ANC MP Des van Rooyen.

There was a public outcry and calls for Zuma to be recalled over the move, which saw the Rand plummet.

But four days after the announcement Zuma then announced another move, this time replacing Van Rooyen with Pravin Gordhan as finance minister, which saw the Rand recover somewhat.

This, however, did not change peoples' sentiments that Zuma should be removed.

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