Various organisations, including civil societies and political parties have called on South African's to join a nationwide protest in an effort to get President Jacob Zuma to step down.
The mass protest action is a response to the President Zuma's much criticised Cabinet reshuffle.
Phumzile Van Damme, Democratic Alliance (DA), National Spokesperson says South African's cannot rely solely on the African National Congress (ANC) leadership to remove President Zuma from office.
It is now up to South African's themselves to push for this to happen.— Phumzile Van Damme, DA National Spokesperson
We believe that Jacob Zuma is not the right person to be leading this country and its high time action is taken— Phumzile Van Damme, DA National Spokesperson
The March for Change will now begin at the Westgate Transport Hub at 10am on Friday morning, and will end at Mary Fitzgerald Square, Johannesburg.
Civil action organisation, Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has also added its voice to the call for President Zuma to resign. Wayne Duvenage, Chairperson of OUTA says every protest makes a difference.
Protesting is just one form of action, there are many others.— Wayne Duvenage, Chairperson of OUTA
The public can and should protest because that is their one right they have, its a constitutional right and they can express their displeasure at what is happening in the country.— Wayne Duvenage, Chairperson of OUTA
Duvenage says many civil organisations have been given approval for mass protest action across various parts of the country. Duvenage pleads with authorities understand and allow the energies of protesters to be expressed in a peaceful manner.
OUTA provided these areas where protesters can gather:
Pretoria: 7 April – March from Church Square to Union buildings Gather at Church Square from 10am. March will start at 1pm
Cape Town: 7 April – Gather outside Parliament from noon
All other cities and towns: 7 April – Gather at City and Town Halls or Community Centres from noon
Occupy Church Square: from 4 April (ongoing 24hrs per day) Various civil society organisations have set up camp at Church Square in Pretoria from 3 April until further notice. Everyone is invited to join them.
Freeway Bridge Banners: Have placards made to depict messages and gather in groups on bridges over freeways during peak hour traffic on Friday 7th from 06h00 to 08h00 and 16h00 to 18h30. After Friday, we suggest the public organize themselves to do this every day for the next two weeks.
Unite on Social Media: Download the “Zuma Not My President” badge from outa.co.za and place this as your profile picture on WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere. This will send a message of solidarity by many in society who share this opinion.
Listen to both Phumzile Van Damme and Wayne Duvenage outlining their planned protest plans: