Angry South African trade unionists on Wednesday took to the streets across the country calling on President Jacob Zuma to resign over corruption allegations.
About 2,000 members of the COSATU trade union federation, marched in Johannesburg with placards which read ‘Zuma must go, and corruption is a crime against humanity’.
President Zuma is accused of massive looting of the nation’s treasury, in collusion with the influential business family, the Gupta family who are presently in the middle of many of the graft allegations against Zuma.
COSATU, which has previously called for the resignation of the President is in South Africa’s ruling Coalition, along with South African Communist Party (SACP) and Zuma’s African National Congress (ANC) party.
COSATU is in support of South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is a former businessman and a trade union leader, for the replacement of Zuma as party leader which will be decided at the ANC’s elective conference in December.
Jacob Zuma steps down from the country’s number one position in 2019 when the ANC leader is likely succeeded him as head of state.
Sdumo Dlamini, COSATU’s president who led the protest in Durban, denied insinuations that the protests were aimed at swaying December’s conference and insisted that the protests against corruption.
Protesters were heard chanting that the president of the country must resign because of his dubious relationship with the Guptas.
This is not the first time Zuma has faced calls for resignation along with several court cases and incompetence.
Even within Zuma’s ANC party, criticism is growing as several protesters were seen wearing the party’s colors on Wednesday.
Zuma has constantly denied all allegations of corruption against him.