Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have gathered in preparation for the march for economic freedom.
Hundreds of supporters have arrived in Newtown ahead of the march to the Chamber of Mines, the South African Reserve Bank and the JSE in Sandton.
EWN reporter Dineo Bendile said demonstrators are demanding that major financial institutions allow the country's disadvantaged majority to participate in the economy.
They say they are simply hoping for economic freedom in their life time. They want to see the nationalisation of mines and the Reserve Bank. They also want JSE-listed companies to stop labour-brokering and a national minimum wage of R4 5000.— Dineo Bendile, EWN reporter
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According to Bendile, a strong police presence can be felt at the meeting point where some speakers have taken the podium.
Police have parked several heavily-armoured nyalas at strategic street corners.
Malema: All systems go for EFF march for economic transformation
EFF leader Julius Malema says at least 5 000 people are expected to join the national march which he will lead.
The EFF does not promise things that will lead the economy of South Africa into a disaster. We want to bring the best policies to grow the economy and distribute the wealth of the country into the hands of all South Africans.— Julius Malema, EFF leader
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Malema said the march is a demonstration against the exploitation of South African workers.
The party says it remains as committed to the quest for free education now as it was when it was first started.