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South Africa's Zuma says not stressed by opposition marches

South Africa's Zuma says not stressed by opposition marches South Africa's Zuma says not stressed by opposition marches
Eleena Tovar | 16 Abril, 2017, 12:58

EFF leader Julius Malema leaves the stage at the Day of Action march against the leadership of President Jacob Zuma held in Pretoria on 12 April 2017. The latest was former public administration minister Ngoako Ramathlodi, who was following in the footsteps of a former energy minister, an ex-transport minister and a former deputy finance minister.

Thousands of South Africans marched in parts of the country to press their demand for the resignation of Zuma last Friday.

One 25-year-old woman protestor told DW of her fears that Zuma's recklessness as president could ruin the future for her generation.

On Malema calling the president "Makhandakhanda" - sarcastically referring to the shape of his head - and that the only job he could do was look after cattle, Zuma said: "Who still listens to Malema?"

He earlier posted a court document on his Twitter feed, showing the chief justice of the Constitutional Court had given the go-ahead for the parties in the case to give their written submissions by 21 April - days after the no-confidence vote is scheduled to take place.

He was addressing ANC supporters at his 75th birthday bash in Soweto on Wednesday.

Zuma said many placards and posters carried by the protesters "displayed beliefs that we thought had been buried in 1994".

He said that in December a new leader for the party would be selected, and come January, the opposition would attack them too.

His decision was swiftly followed by two credit ratings agencies downgrading South Africa to junk status.

President Jacob Zuma says he would step down immediately if the ANC asked him to do so.

Nomura analyst Peter Attard Montalto said: "There is a general question about where South Africa is going".

Van Damme said the DA would continue to use all means available - petitions, parliamentary mechanisms and litigation, and would march along with all South Africans en masse across our country "until Zuma is gone".

Another ANC supporter, Patrick Nyende, 54, said: "We don't see any reason for him to step down".

At a legislative level, the South African government has published the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill, according to Zuma.

In the coming weeks, Parliament is due to hold a no-confidence vote that theoretically could cut short Zuma's term, up in 2019. "We couldn't have supported those kinds of actions", he said.