More than 100 SACP members ere gathered outside the Cape Town Magistrate's Court as part of a protest against President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Songezo Ndlendle

Cape Town - Eight activists who had been arrested after they occupied the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) offices in Cape Town were released on bail by the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

The Provincial Secretary of the SACP, Benson Ngqentsu, Zackie Achmat and six other activists of #UniteBehind were arrested on Wednesday following a demonstration at the NPA offices in which they were demanding that President Jacob Zuma be arrested.

Ngqentsu said that the decision to occupy the NPA offices demanding Zuma’s arrest follows the president’s allegedly corrupt tendencies to collapse the economy of the country.

“Yesterday, as the SACP in the Western Cape, we supported the #UniteBehind on its call for President Zuma to be arrested. If the NPA is unable to issue a warrant of arrest, rather, I as the leadership of the party and that of the #UniteBehind be arrested,” said Ngqentsu.

He said the SACP’s reasons for calling for Zuma’s arrest was widespread corruption and collapsing of governance in all the country’s state-owned enterprises (SOE’s).

“If Zuma remains a president, indeed, a challenge of prices in the Metrorail would continue, looting in SAA would continue. This country’s economy will collapse, and when the economy collapses, there is going to be retrenchments, unemployment, and poverty.”

He added that on November 30 the party will stage a further picket.

The activists will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court again on December 5.

African News Agency