Watch: Powerful image captures SA political parties united against Zuma

Thousands of marchers gathered in Pretoria’s Church Square on Wednesday, as various political parties marched to the Union Buildings to call for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

Economic Freedom Fighters members, dressed in red T-shirts and their signature berets, held up sticks and placards, singing struggle songs.

A sea of blue also descended on Church Square, as scores of Democratic Alliance supporters arrived.

The growing crowd of predominantly EFF members were joined by members of the African People’s Convention (APC) party, donning their green T-shirts and scarves.

APC leader Themba Godi, who had previously opposed opposition parties’ motions of no confidence in Zuma, was also at the march, and told News24 that he was now involved because the situation had worsened.

Cope leader Mosioua Lekota was also among the crowd, saying it was “the first time in South Africa were opposition parties united saying Zuma must go”.

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He said that under former presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki, ANC MPs were allowed to follow their conscience.

One image in particular, captured by the EFF, revealed the spirit of the march, recorded by the political party on its Twitter account.

Hand in hand, South Africa is united on the premise that ! is a bold declaration in the face of kleptocracy!

On Friday, thousands of South Africans marched and held pickets in order to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with Zuma as the country’s president.

The rallies were sparked by Zuma’s decision to reshuffle his Cabinet, which saw Pravin Gordhan axed as finance minister.

In the days following his Cabinet reshuffle, three of the ANC’s top six claimed there was no consultation with the party over the decision, with ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe claiming that the list of new ministers and their deputies was compiled elsewhere.

SA has also been downgraded to junk status by two credit ratings agencies since Zuma announced the changes, with some economists fearing that the country is headed for another downgrade.

The president has been dogged by allegations that his close associates, the Gupta family, have undue influence over state-owned enterprises and certain key decisions he has made, including the hiring and firing of members of the national executive.

The wave of protests comes on the back of a pending motion of no confidence debate against Zuma in the National Assembly, with opposition parties calling for ANC MPs to vote with their conscience, and not according to the party line.

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Watch: Powerful image captures SA political parties united against Zuma