This year, the 27th of April is marked by calls from across all sectors of our society and public figures and individual citizens calling for President Zuma to step down after the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) ruling. Protests of a varied nature will take place in Cape Town, Durban and other locales organised Peoples Assemblies.
The People’s Assembly in Johannesburg will be building on the momentum that began on the 16th April following the University of Johannesburg Soweto event and in other locales. The main Gauteng event takes place outside the steps of the Provincial Legislature on Rissik Street between Helen Joseph and Albertina Sisulu streets. People will be assembling from 10am on the 27th April. This an inclusive event open to all and will be a space for South Africans to come together and make their voices heard through protest, theatre, music, and poetry.
At 1pm, the People’s Assembly is calling for people in Johannesburg and elsewhere in the country to make as much noise as they can – If you can’t make it to the city centre then we urge you to make your voices heard where ever you are - bang pots in your streets with your neighbours, hoot, blow whistles or vuvuzelas.
‘’We are seeing growing anger towards President Jacob Zuma in our communities, and it is also evident within the ANC [African National Congress]. This is a time for all South Africans who want to see an end to the cancer of corruption to unite under this one goal- that now is the time for the president to resign,’’ says Moss Ntlha, spokesperson.
The Peoples Assembly began its life as an initiative of the Unite Against Corruption and to date involves 75 organisations who have taken a clear stand on our demand. The various organisations in the coalition believe he should go primarily for his violation of the constitution and for many more varied reasons. This will be an ongoing campaign until Zuma steps down – we can’t wait for an exit plan to start only in September, we have to force Zuma to step down now.
The People’s Assembly is a broad coalition of labour, social justice activists, community organisations, environmentalists, students, academics, artists, and churches.
‘’South Africans need to come together on this campaign. We are asking for volunteers, support, sharing of skills and resources. The cracks have opened up, we need to push harder to get Zuma to go, his removal can be the first step in building a more equitable and just SA,” says Rehad Desai form the campaigns steering committee.
For more information contact:
- Ferrial Adam, mobile: 074 181 3197
- Moss Ntlha, mobile: 082 809 8533
- Spokas, mobile: 060 907 4234
- Ashley Fataar, mobile: 076 647 6101
Note to Editors
There are other separate events under different banners such as a march in Cape Town by a group calling itself Zuma Must Fall, as a coalition we are not involved in this initiative.
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