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South Africans hold nationwide protests against Zuma

South Africans hold nationwide protests against Zuma”

However, there was sporadic violence between pro- and anti-Zuma supporters in Johannesburg when members of the latter group strayed too close to the ANC's headquarters in the city centre.

He said South Africa will "not allow the Guptas to appoint any more ministers" and said SaveSA is determined to reverse "the coup d'état (cabinet reshuffle) that happened in the middle of the night".

The London protesters consist of South Africans who identified themselves with either African National Congress or Democratic Alliance, the two major political parties in South Africa, yet the two group are in agreement that President Zuma is too worn out to take the county forward. "We must all not retreat until Zuma steps down and a new president is inaugurated in South Africa".

- Because this is a violation of the Constitution and his oath of office, Jacob Zuma is not eligible to be president of South Africa under a constitutional democracy and constitutional supremacy.

"We want our country to be governed by leaders who will understand that they are servants of the people and don't make reckless decisions", Mosiuoa Lekota, leader of the Congress of the People told protesters in the capital Pretoria. In Cape Town, thousands marched to Parliament.

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A big reason is corruption: Zuma has allowed graft to flourish and has himself been the target of numerous allegations of financial misconduct, including using public funds for the upgrade of his house.

In Johannesburg, police fired rubber bullets to disperse about 100 ruling party members who were making their way toward protesters, the African News Agency reported.

A no-confidence vote on the president has been scheduled for April 18.

One of his supporters said that it would be wrong to remove Zuma and added that the dismissal of the leader would be like "going back to the dark ages of apartheid".

Those marching accused Zuma for all these including the fall in the rand against the major currencies. "The time to act is now".

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"They are free to march freely but not to try and remove a government that was elected democratically", said Kebby Maphatsoe, the head of the veterans group and also Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans.

Trucks bearing banners saying "Zuma must go" blocked traffic in Cape Town. "We are here to say he must step aside", said Filtane.

"Our protests in Pretoria‚ Cape Town and Port Elizabeth drew massive crowds‚ and sent a clear message that civil society is sick and exhausted of his misrule‚ and that he must get out of office".

Syriana Maesela, 65, a retiree was on her way by train to Pretoria to join the march carrying a South African flag.

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