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Non-politically aligned crowd gathered outside City Hall for SAVE South Africa protest

Apr 4, 2017
Non-politically aligned crowd gathered outside City Hall for SAVE South Africa protest

A sizeable crowd has turned out at the Vuyisile Mini Square in front of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality offices at City Hall, where former Deputy Minister of Finance, Mcebisi Jonas, and businessman and chairperson of the SAVE South Africa movement, Sipho Pityana, are expected to address concerned citizens in light of the recent controversial Cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma.

The event is apolitical as local residents - some waering DA, ANC, COPE, COSATU and SAve SA t-shirts, have all come out and have been joined by different religious leaders. 

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, and his Mayoral Committee are also at the march.

Perhaps the lowest point of President Zuma's leadership, he axed former Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, and Jonas, reportedly after an intelligence report indicated that Gordhan and Jonas, were trying to sabotage the economy by encouraging investors and markets to divest from the country.

The two were abruptly called back home from an investor roadshow abroad last week Monday and were subsequently fired, late on Thursday night, along with several other Ministers.

The decision to fire Gordhan and Jonas, arguably then among Cabinet's best-performing Ministers, did not go down well with opposition parties and some within the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

President Zuma's critics have used this as an indication of the President's increasingly desparate measures to stay in power amid calls that he steps down.

Movements like SAVE South Africa are calling on citizens to organise and force the President or the ANC to have him leave office.

On Sunday, Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, cut short her trip to Bangladesh to attend to a request for a Parliamentary debate on the notion of no confidence in President Zuma.