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Slow start to Save South Africa's Freedom Day national rally in Zwide

Apr 27, 2017
Slow start to Save South Africa's Freedom Day national rally in Zwide

It has been a slow start to the Save South Africa Freedom Day National Rally, which will be addressed by the leader of the movement, businessman, Sipho Pityana. at the Dan Qeqe Stadium in Zwide.

The movement had planned to start with a march that at the Njoli Shopping Square in Zwide, Port Elizabeth, at 9am, which would lead to the main programme at the Dan Qeqe Stadium, was supposed to kick off at 11am and end at around 1pm.

However, buses arranged to ferry marchers stood empty for some time at the Motherwell pick up point. Apparently, local residents had not been made aware of the availability of free transport.

Separate rallies

Despite both Save South Africa and the Democratic Alliance (DA) having similar goals of kicking President Jacob Zuma out of office over alleged bad leadership, that culminated in the firing of former Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, and his Deputy and former Eastern Cape MEC for Economic Development, Mcebisi Jonas, as well as a double credit rating downgrade, the DA in the Eastern Cape will be holding its own separate rally.

The DA, UDM, Cope, IFP, ACDP and EFF as well as unions - Fedusa and Solidarity, last week annouced the launch of the Freedom Movement, a joint effort to get rid of President Zuma.

But Save South Africa distanced itself from the movement saying that they are an independent movement and does not align itself to any political party

Addressing journalists in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday morning, Save South Africa Eastern Cape said that Freedom Day will be used to celebrate South Africa’s freedom and to ensure that its peoples are protected from further state capture.

“Save South Africa convenor, Sipho Pityana, will address the rally, along with former Constitutional Court Judge, Zak Yacoob, and Anglican Bishop, Nceba Nopece, as well as a number of speakers from local, civic, and trade union organisations,” said Khutsa Jack, Save South Africa convenor for the Eastern Cape.

“We encourage other organisations to show their rejection of the state capture project by taking to the streets and holding rallies and marches on Freedom Day and beyond,” said Jack.

“The message from our Freedom Day event will be clear: No to corruption, no to state capture, no to junk status, Zuma must go! Anyone else who shares that vision is welcome to join us and play a role in saving South Africa.

“We are marching to the Dan Qeqe Stadium, which we view as a shrine of South Africa’s liberation struggle, and we are very grateful that the national leadership coordinating committee of Save South Africa recognised and bestowed this honour upon this chapter here.”


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