Permission has been granted for a #ZumaMustFall march in Johannesburg, the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) said on Tuesday. By Genevieve Quintal, NewsAgency
“Final arrangements will be done tomorrow [Wednesday] morning when organisers meet with representatives of the Johannesburg Metro Police Department events unit to finalise the route and exact time [of the march],” Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said.
The march would start in Braamfontein and end in Newtown Park.
Minnaar said the meeting between the JMPD and the organisers was expected to take place at 07:00.
President Jacob Zuma is facing a backlash after he announced last week that he was replacing Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene with ANC MP David ‘Des’ van Rooyen.
There was a public outcry resulting in calls for Zuma to be recalled over the move that saw the Rand plummet against major currencies and millions wiped off the JSE.
But four days after Zuma fired Nene, he then announced another move. This time he replaced Van Rooyen with former finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, the man he demoted from the position after the 2014 elections, and the Rand recovered somewhat.
This, however, did not change peoples’ sentiments that Zuma should be removed from office.
Several Facebook pages were created with tens of thousands of people from major cities across the country calling for peaceful marches on Wednesday.
Protest marches have been planned for Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, George, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Nelson Mandela Bay.
Cape Town and Pretoria organisers had apparently not applied for permission to march but the events were expected to go ahead. – News24