South Africa's Zuma says not stressed by opposition marches

Opposition parties are urging South Africans to join in Wednesday's planned mass action to force President Jacob Zuma out of office.

Protesters plan to march to the Union Buildings, which house the offices of Zuma and other ministries.

The petition was launched the day former Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan, was sacked along with other colleagues in President Zuma's cabinet reshuffle.

An EFF (Economic Freedom Fighters) supporter dances as she demonstrates in Pretoria, on April 12, 2017 ahead of a march promoted by South African opposition parties calling for the ousting of the embattled President.

Tshwane metro police spokesman Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said they had a solid plan to smoothly channel the crowds into Church Square.

EFF leader Julius Malema, on Monday, warned pro-Zuma activists not to attempt disrupting the mega protest, saying it is going to be a peaceful march. "We don't care whether you are white, whether you are Indian, whether you are black, we are here to defend the future of our children".

Still, SA remains at risk of further downgrades and the political situation is far from stable.

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Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association leader Kebby Maphatsoe said the opposition parties' anti-Zuma march could not be ignored.

Meanwhile, the president is expected to have another battle of no-confidence vote next Tuesday. The parties have said the vote could have a chance of success if it is held by secret ballot, but the ANC has said it will vote against it.

The date for the new vote has not yet been set. Zuma disputed her report, but the opposition embraced its findings, branding the president "Zupta" because of his alleged ties to the family. If Gigaba is able to achieve greater equality in South Africa while stabilizing the economy, that would be the best birthday present Zuma could wish for.

"Even if it doesn't succeed, I can guarantee you that we will have a coalition government in 2019". "They made so many promises, but we've seen nothing", said Mthobehi Sigagayi, 35, who had traveled to Pretoria from the Alexandra township, a development just across from Sandton, Johannesburg's modern business capital, that has battled poverty and crime.

One of the reasons the collective parties said that they want President Zuma out is because his Cabinet reshuffle of four finance ministers in three years has plunged the country into "junk status".

Zuma, who turned 75 on Wednesday, has survived previous protests. I saw Zuma as "Despicable Me". He sold the country.

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