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Will the Freedom Movement pull it off without Save South Africa?

Apr 23, 2017
Will the Freedom Movement pull it off without Save South Africa?

The newly formed Freedom Movement will this week show South Africa just how much political clout it has with another anti-Zuma march planned for Freedom Day - and after the Save South Africa movement, which recently organised successful nationwide anti-Zuma marches, has distanced itself from the new campaign.

The Freedom Movement was formed by opposition parties, civil society and the religious community, with the aim of intensfying efforts to force President Jacob Zuma to leave office over alleged bad leadership, which recently saw him summarily dismiss fomer Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, and his Deputy and former Eastern Cape MEC for Economic Development, Mcebisi Jonas, in a controversial Cabinet Reshuffle.

It consists of the DA, UDM, Cope, IFP, ACDP and EFF as well as unions - Fedusa and Solidarity.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has also come out in support of the new movement, whose immediate objectives are to hold a massive protest at Freedom Park in Pretoria on Thursday as well as to "help facilitate a large-scale protest outside Parliament, when the Motion of No Confidence is debated".

But Save South Africa will not be part of these protests and marches.

"The Save South Africa camapign is not part of the 'Freedom Movement' launched by the Democratic Alliance and others in Johannesburg [on Thursday] and we distance ourselves from this initiative. 

"We are committed to engaging with formations that share our objectives‚ and acknowledge the many initiatives by all sectors that share the same core objective of ending state capture and forcing the President to step down," it said in a statement.

"We do not‚ however‚ regard political parties as part of civil society and believe that authentic civil society movements should not involve political parties in any shape or form. Organised civil society has a specific role to play‚ which is quite different from that of political parties.”

SaveSA said that it is an independent movement and does not align itself to any political party.

“Our initiatives have enjoyed support across many political parties‚ and we want to maintain that position.”

However, some have questioned SaveSA's position arguing that it would be preferable for all organisations with the same objective - removing President Zuma from office, to join forces.

The National Day of Action, which was organised by the opposition parties in Pretoria did not exactly march the numbers produced by a Save South Africa-organised nationwide protest a few days before.  

It now remains to be seen if South Africans will turn out in their numbers to support Thursday's march.

Highlights from Port Elizabeth Save South Africa marches:

Highlights from East London Save South Africa marches: