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Confusion over Port Elizabeth mass rally on Friday - where exactly is it going to be?

APRIL 6, 2017
Confusion over Port Elizabeth mass rally on Friday - where exactly is it going to be?

There seems to be confusion over the planned mass march - if it has been planned, in Port Elizabeth in solidarity with calls for a National Shutdown on Friday 7 April to force President Jacob Zuma to resign over his increasingly questionable leadership - especially after the firing of former Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, and his former deputy and Eastern Cape MEC for Economic Development, Mcebisi Jonas, last week.

According to a message that is circulating on Social Media, there is going to be a long motorcade that will drive from William Moffet on Friday, 7 April, which is supposed to be led by the Save South Africa movement, which organised Tuesday's well-attended mass rally at Vuyisile Mini Square.

The message that circulated on WhatsApp on Wednesday reads; "Traffic will be affected on Friday: Save South Africa - PE: Friday 7th April, mass drive from pick n pay hyper parking lot. Start 8:30am from pnp, left into William Moffett, right into cape road, Russell road, freeway to walmer boulevard, buffelsfontein road, right into william Moffett again.

"Please bring flags and banners to wave from your cars. This will be a slow(30-40km/h) peaceful convoy drive where we all come together to show our displeasure at the current situation of our country!"

However, in its official communications about planned marches and rallies countrywide, Save South Africa makes no official mention of a planned Port Elizabeth march or motorcade.

To make matters worse, one of the local organisers of Tuesday's mass rally - businessman, Mkhuseli 'Khusta' Jack, took to Facebook to warn local residents about a 'misinformation' campaign from state agents.

"Please follow proper SSA's [Save South Africa] instructions and guidance. There is a a proliferation of well orchestrated state led misinformation, meant to confuse the Patriots," said Jack.

"All Patriots gather at Vuyisile Mini Square (City Hall), Friday the 7th at 13h00."

So, where is the march - if it is happening...

Last week, President Zuma fired Gordhan and Jonas, as well as Tourism Minister, Derek Hanekom, Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, and Public Service and Administration Minister, Ngoako Ramatlhodiwhen, as he made changes to the National Executive "in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness".

On Tuesday, government dismissed calls for a national shutdown over the decision to fire Gordhan and Jonas saying that Friday is going to be regarded as a normal working day.

Watch highlights from the Save South Africa rally in Port Elizabeth