South Africans gather for nationwide protests against Zuma

Following violence that have trailed protests against President Jacob Zuma in South Africa, some protesters in downtown Johannesburg have been fired rubber bullets by the police.

The demonstrations appear to have been largely peaceful so far, although police reportedly used stun grenades to disperse a protest of the ANC Youth League in Durban, South African news site TimesLive reported.

This comes after he reshuffled the cabinet last week which resulted with the rand plummeting and the credit rating agency S&P downgrading the country's long-term foreign currency sovereign credit rating to sub investment with a negative outlook.

"It is evident that we have gone beyond a leadership crisis in our country", their statement said.

"The irony is I did the same thing in 1976 when I was a student".

The incessant blare of "vuvuzela" trumpets stirred the 5,000-strong crowds. Motorists and passengers pumped their fists in the air.

The Union Buildings is the official seat of the national government and houses the president's offices.

SaveSA is made up of civil society groups, business leaders and prominent individuals.

Zuma, 74, has faced protests in the past. The ANC has a commanding majority in the national assembly and said today that its members would vote against the motion.The ANC Chief Whip's office rejected calls for a secret ballot for the no-confidence motion.

The SACP, which has several MPs in Parliament, including Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, also called for Zuma to step down.

Some veterans of the ANC's armed wing, which dates back to the anti-apartheid struggle, have gathered outside the party's headquarters in Johannesburg, British Broadcaster, BBC reported. Some of the cards read, "I'm ashamed of my president".

He said the anti-Zuma marchers would never depose the democratically-elected government of the country because the ANC had delivered for the people.

The day started with MKMVA members in military uniforms forming a barrier around the ANC headquarters with war cries, saying they were defending the building from harm.

Gordhan's speech was greeted with loud cheers in the packed cathedral, with some people holding up posters saying: "Zuma must go".

"The two can not co-exist", said the Democratic Alliance (DA), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), United Democratic Movement (UDM), Congress of the People (Cope), Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), and the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) in a statement read by DA leader Mmusi Maimane. Their gathering was ahead of the DA march.

The MKMVA had defended Zuma's decision to fire five ministers, including Pravin Gordhan, last Thursday. "The time to act is now".

He says this is not just a march by the DA to gain political points but it's about South Africans standing against Zuma.

Thousands of people took to the streets of Johannesburg in protest. Many wore the green T-shirts of SaveSA.

"It's not simply a question of his removal. Let's get our democracy working", he said.

Cape Town, Durban and other cities also experienced similar protests. Some gathered on the city's northern beach; others rallied in the city centre. He said a regime change agenda was being funded from overseas. She wore a South African flag bandana.

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