Rain halts #ZumaMustFall march in George

2015-12-16 14:10
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2015-12-16 12:45

Hundreds of people gathered at Parliament and the Company Gardens to join in the #ZumaMustFall march today.WATCH

George – The #ZumaMustFall march in George came to an abrupt end on Wednesday morning as heavy rain forced 200 protesters to disperse.  

Protester Lawrence Olivier said the crowds had braved the rain and cold from 8:00 till 11:00, when the wet weather intensified.

"We were gathered at Union Square Park this morning, but we couldn’t stay for long because the rain fell heavily. People wore their raincoats, boots and warm clothes, but that wasn’t enough. We were forced to leave the park," Olivier told News24.

Olivier said various local political leaders joined the gathering. He said the sentiment of the people was that there should be an end to corruption and President Jacob Zuma’s reign as president.

Similar marches were also taking place in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town.

This comes after Zuma faced a backlash for replacing Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene with ANC MP Des van Rooyen.

There was a public outcry and calls for Zuma to be recalled. Four days after the announcement, Zuma then backtracked, replacing Van Rooyen with Pravin Gordhan, which saw the rand recover somewhat.

In a press conference on Tuesday, the ANC insisted there had never been any discussion on whether Zuma should be recalled, and instead praised him for his vision and strong leadership.

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