Anti-Zuma protest in Company Gardens

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Published Dec 15, 2015

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Cape Town - The Cape Town City council on Tuesday said it had granted Unite Against Corruption permission for a protest gathering in the Company Gardens where the activist group said it would call on President Jacob Zuma to step down.

“We stand in solidarity with all people calling for responsible leadership and say Zuma must fall and must be held accountable for his actions,” Unite Against Corruption organiser Miles Giljam said on Tuesday.

“He is the number one corrupter in our country.”

Giljam said the gathering had been scheduled for 10am to noon and so far some 1 500 people had signalled on the group’s Facebook page that they would attend.

It has been reported on social media that the gathering would be addressed by anti-apartheid struggle stalwart and former minister Barbara Hogan - who last week accused Zuma of sabotaging the economy and called on the ANC to remove him from power - but Giljam said she had not yet confirmed that she was attending. However, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s daughter Mpho would he there, he said.

It has also been reported on social media that anti-Zuma protesters would march to Parliament on Wednesday. The City of Cape Town’s executive director for safety and security Richard Bosman said so far nobody had approached the council for permission for a march to the legislature.

However, he said it could happen that those who planned to head to the legislature would join the picket in the adjacent gardens.

African News Agency

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