Protests against incumbent South African leader Jacob Zuma has resurfaced with thousands of demonstrators gathering in the streets of Pretoria demanding his resignation.
Reports say the demonstrations which saw protesters march to Union Buildings, the official seat of government, was organised by a coalition of opposition parties following nationwide rallies against Zuma last week.
Zuma’s recent dismissal of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan also stoked public anger over government corruption scandals, record unemployment and slowing economic growth.
Al Jazeera’s Fahmida Miller, reporting from Pretoria, said the opposition parties show unprecedented unity in coming together for the protests.
“Last week’s protests were organised by the civil society and religous groups. But now we have at least seven political parties who have come together and want Zuma to go,” she said.
Miller also added that; “The message is clear. They want him to go because they say he’s bad for the economy and believe these protests could lead to Zuma stepping down.”
RipplesNigeria ….without borders, without fears
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
INVESTIGATION: UBEC mum as N80m Kebbi secondary school lab equipment still undelivered since 2020
“Our laboratories are not conducive for learning; the termites have destroyed most of these laboratories, and there is not enough...
In Niger, communities suffer as multi-billion naira Auna Dam project remains uncompleted despite 38 years of investments
In Niger State, the over 20 communities around Auna River have had their hopes for fresh water, electricity supply and...
INVESTIGATION: Years after, 15km Eleme-Onne end of East-West Road remains death-trap despite billions released
In this report, ARINZE CHIJIOKE chronicles the sufferings of road users on the 15km Eleme-Onne end of the East-West Road...
Gaza attacks intensify as 12 Thais, 10 Nepalese killed in Israel
The current violence in Israel has claimed the lives of at least 12 Thai people and 10 Nepalese individuals. Eight...
INVESTIGATION: Poorly executed classroom projects force children out of school in Niger State
Once a vibrant hub of learning for pupils, Kodo Primary School now resonates a stark contrast to its former days...