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#ZumaMustFall: Hundreds Protest

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In anticipation of the State of the Nation Address, hundreds of people marched today calling for Zuma to step down. Many of whom carrying posters stating that “Zuma Must Fall”.

The route of the march began at Green Market Square and ended at the parade. [Photo: Umarah Hartley]
The route of the march began at Green Market Square and ended at the parade. [Photo: Umarah Hartley]
Protestors appeared to be of different ethnicities, many of whom appeared to have joined in the protesting during their lunch break.

Many protestors stated that they “are not against Zuma, as an individual, but rather are against his leadership,” and are calling for a leader that can bring about “positive change.”

Many noted that under Zuma’s leadership; the rand has weakened, unemployment remains high, and many South Africans continue to be impoverished.

Protestors also voiced their frustration against the Nkandla case. Stating that they “are aware that the president is wasting the countries money.”

Many spoke of Government’s waste expenditure, questioning the need for the numerous ministers that currently hold office.

People also expressed their concern and frustration about the drug problem that has swept through communities.

Coinciding with the #ZumaMustFall protest, a ‘Zille Must Fall’ protest took place.

The #ZumaMustFall march also provoked Individuals to voice their concern regarding the education system in South Africa and subsequently called for free education.

The CBD is currently barricaded by barbed wire and heavy police presence. [Photo: Umarah Hartley]
The CBD is currently barricaded by barbed wire and heavy police presence. [Photo: Umarah Hartley]
In light of the current economic situation in South Africa, many protestors voiced their concern about the social grants that are given to young girls who are pregnant. Protestors advised that government only grant pregnant teenagers 50 per cent of the grant so that that the youth can be encouraged to find employment.

At a protest held earlier in the day at the District Six Museum, protestors were informed by the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti, that the aged will be given priority. This in response to the promise of homes, which Government stated would be given to the aged in 2014.

The Minister concluded by stating that Over 100 units will be built in 2016, for the elderly to move into.

The #ZumaMustFall march appeared to include civil society members who reflected no political affiliation.
The #ZumaMustFall march appeared to include civil society members who reflected no political affiliation. [Photo: Umarah Hartley]
A representative of the #ZumaMustFall Movement confirmed that within the next two weeks a second #ZumaMustFall march will take place. The Movement further noted that it will not cease marching until Zuma steps down as the President of South Africa.

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