The African National Congress (ANC) said its march for unity and non-racialism to the Union Buildings on Friday attracted 86,000 members.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said that the march was not a protest, but the mobilisation of society against racism.
“The ANC calls for South Africans to move beyond merely identifying racism as a persisting challenge to uniting in action and to completely eradicate it together with all other forms of discrimination,” said Mantashe.
A string of high-profile ANC leaders took to the stage at the Union Buildings to slate opposition leaders and defend President Jacob Zuma against “hooligans”, News24 reported.
Earlier in February, thousands of members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) marched through the streets of Johannesburg in protest of President Jacob Zuma.
In January, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said as many as 20,000 members took part in a march through the Johannesburg CBD.
The march was part of a new campaign focusing on economic growth and job creation, with the unemployment rate currently above 25% in South Africa.
[Images via the ANC]