Save South Africa organizing 'the biggest march Zuma will ever see' this Friday: Sipho Pityana
South Africans from all walks of life took advantage of their lunch breaks and gathered at the Vuyisile Mini Square, in front of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's offices, for a protest march organised by the Save South Africa movement to call for President Jacob Zuma's resignation.
This follows the President's decision to fire former Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, and his deputy, who is also a former Eastern Cape MEC for Economic Development, Mcebisi Jonas, in his controversial Cabinet reshuffle last week.
Jonas was expected to give the key note speech at the rally, but did not attend reportedly due to other committments.
Still that did not stop a sizeable crowd - who, judging from their TShirts, were from diverse political affiliations that included the African National Congress (ANC), Democratic Alliance (DA), the Congress of the People, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the Save South Africa, as well as different racial and religious backgrounds from gathering to hear what the organisers had to say.
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, and his Deputy, Mongameli Bobani, also attended the rally with members of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Mayoral Committee.
Addressing the gathering, former ANC MP, Judy Chalmers, said that she was there to add her voice to those, who want to save the soul of the ANC.
Also speaking at the rally, the leader of the Save South Africa movement, businessman, Sipho Pityana, began by calling for President Zuma's fall.
He said that it was because of the President's bad leadership that the country finds itself with a credit rating of junk status, which means "if you have money, it's now going to be worthless; petrol is going to be expensive; food is going to be expensive; electricity is going to be expensive - evrything is going to be expensive..."
Pityana said that thousands of workers stand to lose their jobs as investors shun South Africa while local homeonwers might lose their properties because they cannot afford to pay their bonds.
He said that even government's ability to collect money and share it to those, who depend on social grants will also be affected.
"The safety net for homeless and the poor is going to start coming apart at the edges. South Africans must brace themselves for tough times.
"But, this horror story was brought here by none other than Jacob Zuma.
"Why should we tolerate this?
"Zuma must go - now!" he said.
Pityana said that a people united could never be defeated by those wanting to rob the country.
"We are going to chase you out of office ... you are the worst President that has ever led South Africa; you are the worst President that has ever led the ANC," he said to much applause from the crowd.
Pityana said that they were organising a march from National Treasury to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Friday in what will be "the biggest march Zuma will ever see".
The businessman said that South Africa's hard-won democracy, which came at the cost of ANC stalwats like Vuyisile Mini, who was executed by the apartheid government in Pretoria, was now under threat under Zuma's leadership.
He described; "That is what is confronting us today.
"A leader whom we elected to be a president of our country, representing Vuyisile Mini's political party and whose role in liberating our country we cherish, has arrogated to himself and himself a lone a prrerogative and an illegitimate right to sell our hard won freedom and right to self-determination to the Guptas and their clique of corrupt and greedy cronies in exchange for money for himself, his family and his friends."
Pityana said that they welcome all citizens and trade movements that share their vision to get South Africa back on the right path.
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