Anti-Zuptoid marchers return to Union Buildings today

President Jacob Zuma

The estimates may vary from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands, many of them first-time protesters, in the ‘Save SA – Zuma must go’ campaign in our major cities last Friday, but it seems the organisers are just getting warmed up. Today sees what they hope will be a repeat of Pretoria’s march on the Union Buildings – and come next Tuesday’s No Confidence debate in Cape Town, fed-up citizens will again mass outside parliament to urge ANC MP’s to vote with their consciences. This is serious, was my first response. They’re not letting up. How weird is it that the country’s most successful liberation movement now has to be freed from Zuptoid State capture which has trampled on the Freedom Charter and our Constitution. Of course, the real test will only come with the 2019 national elections, well after Zuma’s misrule ends – which is when we’ll really know if the outpouring of sentiment we’re witnessing is demographically representative. There was a sea of black in the Gauteng protests, but Cape Town didn’t exactly mirror the metro’s demographics, it will be argued (mainly white? – certainly around myself at the back of the march). Whatever; the polls in both areas have historically shown an increase in opposition votes, mainly DA and the EFF, with the ANC losing further ground to the DA in the Western Cape.  And don’t tell me the ANC are not worried that people of all colours are uniting as they witness the effect of ongoing, rampant corruption, cronyism, zero service delivery and inappropriate cadre deployment in every single ambit of government and its civil service. Be cynical about newbie protestors but we’ll all find out if this head of steam burns the ANC in 2019, along with the smell and bite of junk status. – Chris Bateman

MEDIA STATEMENT FROM THE SAVE SOUTH AFRICA CAMPAIGN

Save South Africa campaign backs multi-party march on 12 April

The Save South Africa campaign supports tomorrow’s march against President Jacob Zuma by political parties and we encourage our supporters to join the latest call for Zuma to Go, as well as other similar protests.

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.

We also believe that the political parties have a constitutional duty to hold President and public representatives accountable, which we support.

For this reason, we will be joining arms with them to march from Church Square to the Union Buildings, while also urging them to recommit to non-violence and resisting any provocation during the march.

We would like to stress that we are not supporting any single party by participating.

We appreciate the support many of these political parties showed for our own protests on Friday 7 April.

We are particularly focused on the No Confidence Vote in Parliament, and are calling on ANC MPs to put their country first and to vote with their conscience when the vote takes place. 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.

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!

From News24:

By Lizeka Tandwa

Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma seemed at ease during a site visit to Westonaria Agri-Park, with no sign that he was taking strain over the looming motion of no confidence in Parliament next week.

True to form, Zuma sang and danced to favourites including Umshini Wami and Freedom Day shortly after his keynote address.

Unfazed by the march planned for Wednesday by opposition parties, Zuma was jubilant, joking and laughing with ministers.

Shortly before he was scheduled to make his grand entrance with ministers and loyal supporters Nomvula Mokonyane and Des van Rooyen beside him, the crowd welcomed him with a rendition of Zuma my President.

The local Graubunden Canton’s leading newspaper, Tages Anzeiger ran with this unflattering picture of South African President Jacob Zuma.

The programme director and West Rand Acting Mayor David Molebatse urged the crowd to shout “Zuma” ten times when the president made his appearance.

The president’s famous chuckle often drove the crowd to cheer and ululate during his speech.

Zuma said government had taken a conscious decision to revitalise the agricultural sector.

He said the Agri-Parks Programme was part of its drive to radically transform the country’s economy by bringing millions of African people into productive activity and ownership within the mainstream economy.

“We look up to this sector to create more jobs for our people.”

145 000 jobs

An agri-park is a networked innovation system of agro-production, processing, logistics, marketing, training and extension services, located in district municipalities, the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform said.

Zuma said government plans on bringing 300 000 new small-hold farmers into the agricultural sector, creating 145 000 agro-processing jobs, through the programme.

“It is also aimed at bringing one million hectares of land into production. It is therefore a very important programme for government and the people.”

Zuma said the programme also sought to ensure that farmers own 70% of wealth created through it.

The programme, to be rolled throughout the 44 districts of the country, is also intended to integrate small informal sector farmers into the mainstream economy.

“For far too long small-holder farmers, in particular black farmers, have been strictly confined to economic participation in the informal sector with the focus on primary agriculture, while large commercial farmers are operating within the formal economy footprint right along the value chain. We are working to change this situation and bring about much-needed transformation,” said Zuma.

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