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Sizeable turnout for anti-Zuma march in Port Elizabeth

Aug 8, 2017
Sizeable turnout for anti-Zuma march in Port Elizabeth

A sizeable group of marchers, mostly in Democratic Alliance (DA) and United Democratic Movement (UDM) colours, are slowly making their way towards the Vuyisile Mini Square in front of the City Hall in Port Elizabeth as part of several nationwide marches by both supporters and critics of President Jacob Zuma.

Speaking at the march, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Deputy Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, who faces his own motion of no confidence on Thursday, said that Tuesday is the day for South Africans to act and rid the country of President Zuma and his corrupt cronnies.

He urged local residents to join the march and voice their anger at how the country is being run.

On Monday, opposition parties and civil society groups in the Nelson Mandela Bay announced that they will join hands in a march in the Port Elizabeth CBD ahead of the Motion of No Confidence in President Zuma where Members of Parliament will vote on whether to keep him or remove him as President of South Africa.

The Nelson Mandela Bay march is composed of parties that are part of the DA-led coalition, including the UDM, the African Christian Democratic Party(ACDP), AGANG, African Independent Congress (AIC), African Patriotic Congress (APC), the Congress of the People (COPE), the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the Inkatha Freedom Fighters (IFP), and the Pan African Congress (PAC) as well as the Freedom Front Plus (VF).

Save South Africa on Monday, which organised one of the biggest anti-Zuma march in Nelson Mandela Bay in April this year, said that Tuesday's march is being supported by movements that include #UniteBehind, Save South Africa, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, other local civic organisations and faith groups!

"Join a people united against state capture and corruption. Countrywide, the people are winning the battle against corruption & state capture, inch by inch - bring friends, posters, banners and flags!" Save South Africa Nelson Mandela Bay said in a Facebook post.

"This promises to be the mother of all marches."