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Save SA campaign backs multi-party march in Pretoria

Mashudu Malema | 11 April 2017

Following the success of the Save South Africa march last Friday, which saw all colours and creeds of South Africans marching to the Union buildings demanding that Zuma step down, another march by political parties is set for Wednesday. 

The Save South Africa campaign expressed its support for the march against President Jacob Zuma by various South African political parties and further encouraged their supporters to join in the latest call for Zuma to leave office. Their support, they say, is also extended to other similar protests.

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An estimated 40 000 people marched to the Union Buildings in the Save SA-led march

“While we may not share the same political views as the parties that have organised tomorrow’s march, we completely share their view that Zuma must resign, and resign now,” Save SA said in a statement.

Speaking to Connect, Save SA spokesperson Themba Masango said, “We also believe that political parties have a constitutional duty to hold the President and all public representatives accountable. For this reason, we will be joining arms with South African political parties who’ll be marching from Church Square to the Union Buildings tomorrow.”

He went on to call for a commitment to non-violence and to resist any provocation during the march.

“We would like to stress that we are not supporting any single party by participating. We, however, appreciate the support shown by many of these political parties at our own protest last Friday,” he added.

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Protesters taking to the streets at the Save SA led march

The political parties’ march, much like the Save SA march, is primarily focused on the no-confidence vote in Parliament. The motion would call on ANC MPs to put the country first by voting with their conscience and in the best interest of all South Africans.

“History will judge those who continue to prop up the worst President the ANC has ever had, and hold them responsible if they vote in support of what will undoubtedly be a disastrous slide into further state capture, patronage and looting,” said Masango.

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The campaign again thanked South Africans: “To our supporters, we say: You sent a clear message to Zuma on 7 April, in your tens of thousands. Let’s send the same message again on 12 April. And again when the motion of no confidence is debated. And again and again and again – for as long as it takes to get this rotten president out of power, so that we can get South Africa back on the right path.

“Join the march to the Union Buildings tomorrow! Save South Africa!”

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