Protests urge South Africa president to quit

President Jacob Zuma stands next to Limpho Hani widow of Chris Hani

President Jacob Zuma stands next to Limpho Hani widow of Chris Hani

Many South Africans have said President Zuma is blatantly playing the race card on an issue-based protest against his own defective style of leadership following a near catastrophic cabinet reshuffle when he sacked the much respected Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

"Opposition is united in putting South Africa and its citizens first", said UDM leader, Bantu Holomisa, reading a joing statement from the parties.

The rand has slumped nearly 10 percent against the dollar since Zuma recalled then Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan from an worldwide investor road show on March 27 before firing him.

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In a birthday message, the ruling party commended Zuma for his record as an anti-apartheid leader and said he was at the forefront of government efforts "to ensure that we return the land to the people, eradicate racism and build social cohesion and unity". "It is clear that some of our white compatriots regard black people as being lesser human beings or sub-humans".

In the capital Pretoria, about 15,000 people gathered in a field outside the Union Buildings, the site of Zuma's offices, in a march led by civil society group SaveSA.

Racists no longer fear being caught or exposed, he said, adding that 'racism is a gross violation of human rights and plunged this country into decades of conflict in the past.

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Zuma said that during last week's marches, posters had shown black people portrayed as monkeys.

The rand has tumbled more than 11 percent since March 27, when Zuma ordered Gordhan to return home from overseas talks with investors, days before firing him. The divided ANC, however, is seeking to project an image of unity and says it will defeat an opposition bid to oust Zuma in a parliamentary vote of no confidence on April 18. S&P Global Ratings cut the country's credit assessment to junk on April 3, citing policy uncertainty, and Fitch ratings followed suit on Friday.

"The majority of black people are still economically disempowered". He said the Constitutional Court had clarified the role of MPs in its Nkandla judgment, in which it criticised parliament for not rapping Zuma over the knuckles and failing to implement the findings of the public protector. "They are dissatisfied with the limited economic gains from liberation", he said.

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Busses have been paid for, train schedules distributed and t-shirts and placards printed for tomorrow's National Day of Action march to the Union Buildings calling on president Jacob Zuma to question his existence and step down as head of state.

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