South Africans living in the United Kingdom gathered today to join their compatriots pushing harder for the removal of President Jacob Zuma.
The protesters who gathered outside the South African High Commission in Trafalgar Square, London, were chanting, “Zuma must go”.
The London protesters consist of South Africans who identified themselves with either African National Congress or Democratic Alliance, the two major political parties in South Africa, yet the two group are in agreement that President Zuma is too fatigued to take the county forward.
The protesters, under aegis of South African Diaspora Group presented a memorandum to the South Africa’s deputy high commissioner in UK, expressing concern about the economic prospect of the country of their birth.
Earlier on Friday, tens of thousands of South Africans in different cities including Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban demonstrated against the continuation of President Zuma in office.
The President who has been accused of corruption at different times recently fired his finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, a decision viewed as tactic to weed out those who checks the excesses of the president.
South Africa has recently got poor poor credit rating by Standard & Poor’s and Fitch, an assessment that has sunk the value of rand by more than 10 percent against dollar. Two rating agencies have relegated the government debt to junk status.
Last year, the South Africa’s Constitutional Court ruled that President Zuma had illegally enriched himself and had broken the oath of office, but his party ANC saved him at the last hour.
The media reported that Mr. Zuma secured controlled of the party stalwarts through intricate networks of patronage.
“It is time we get rid of this man. It’s now or never,” William [email protected] mogoge33 tweeted.