Nine political parties and their supporters will unite in the streets of Pretoria today, calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down. Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to gather in Church Square and march to the Union Buildings.
The parties include the DA, the EFF, the UDM, the ACDP, COPE, and the Inkatha Freedom Party.
EFF leader Julius Malema says they will not let up in their push for Zuma to resign. “We are not going to be bullied by anyone, not those uniformed from PEP stores, which they wore to Luthuli House [to try and] scare us, or anything of that sort; not the so-called [ANC] Youth League will scare us. Nothing like that,” Malema said during a briefing.
While the political parties are uniting for a National Day of Action under their respective banners, they have urged all South Africans to join their march.
Malema confirmed that the march is legal and has met all the legal requirements. Last week, police declared the Save South Africa civil march on Friday illegal, but had to withdraw that when it emerged a court had granted permission.
“No one is going to take away our right to protest peacefully in a violent manner,” Malema said.
COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota told Power Breakfast’s Thabiso Tema that this march is only the beginning of a long-term programme. Listen: