WRAP: Joburg residents hit streets in #ZumaMustFall protest

2015-12-16 17:45
(Wim Pretorius, News24)

(Wim Pretorius, News24)

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Johannesburg - As #ZumaMustFall protesters took to the streets across South Africa on Wednesday, about 1 500 people marched across the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg to show that they had lost faith in President Jacob Zuma’s ability to lead South Africa.

Cries of "Zuma must fall" and "Zuma must go now" rang out across the bridge.

One of the marchers, dressed in ANC colours, said he supported the ANC and always had, but if Zuma did not step down as president, he would start supporting the Economic Freedom Fighters.

"We have given Zuma more than the benefit of the doubt, but he keeps messing up and should start standing up and accept accountability for his actions," Ismail Lavangee told News24.

Former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi also made an appearance at the Johannesburg protest.

He said people were "gatvol" [fed up] with corruption and called on Zuma to "step aside" in order to save the country.

'Corrupt hyenas'

"We have chosen this Day of Reconciliation to make a statement to other South Africans, the people of the world and the corrupt hyenas that are ripping our society apart," he said to applause from the crowd.

"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," he said.

Another protester said": "We are faced with oppression in all society classes of South Africa. The love for money is evil and has consumed some of our leaders."

Of course, the issue of e-tolling was never far from people's minds. "If the ANC says that Jacob Zuma listens to the people, why do we still have e-tolls?" one asked.

A powerful rendition of the National Anthem was also sung.

Some black protesters remarked that they were hoping for a bigger turnout from black South Africans.

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