Thousands unite against Zuma at Union Buildings

Thousands unite against Zuma at Union Buildings

Thousands of South Africans marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria where they called on President Jacob Zuma to resign.

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Photo: Maryke Vermaak

The march to the Union Buildings was one of many which took place across the country, with anti-Zuma marchers saying they cannot be led by a corrupt, captured president.

The marches come as Fitch Rating became the second international ratings agency to downgrade South Africa to junk status.

Several political and labour leaders addressed concerned South Africans on the lawns of the Union Buildings.

Congress of the People (COPE) leader Mosiuoa Lekota told supporters that the country's leaders are not respecting the will of the people.

"In 1993, Nelson Mandela told the workers and all of us that if the ANC does to you what the apartheid government did to you, then you must do to the ANC what you did to the apartheid government," said Lekota.

Meanwhile, the South African Communist Party's (SACP) Solly Mapaila said they support the call for President Zuma to step down, because he has handed over the sovereignty of the country to the Gupta family.

"We mandated him to lead through the elections, now he has abdicated his responsibilities. Because of that, we can no longer have confidence in him," said Mapaila.

New trade union federation SAFTU's Zwelinzima Vavi called on protesters to remain peaceful.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane made a brief appearance, following his party's march in the Johannesburg CBD.

"I think South Africans from all over the country have shown that they are much more united, that we are united across religious, across political, across culture and across the diversity of our nation and race. What today symbolises is the fact that this is a new struggle. It says we are not comfortable with what's happening in our country," said Maimane.

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