South Africans march in protest of President Jacob Zuma

South Africans rally across country to call for President Jacob Zuma’s resignation over covering up allegations of corruption, after he sacked two finance ministers last week

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Demonstrators display placards and banners calling for the resignation of South African president as they cross Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg on December 16, 2015

Updated Dec 18, 2015

Thousands of South Africans took to the streets across the country to demand President Jacob Zuma’s resignation after he discharged two finance ministers in less than a week, due to reportedly trying to cover up his corruption allegations in the country. 

"The people in the ANC (the governing Africa National Congress party) are sharing the money, that's why they haven't recalled him," said Thembani Nyandeni, a 28-year-old protester, speaking to Reuters.

Protesters shouted the slogan "Zuma must fall" as they rallied at the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg.

Another protestor, Martin Mokoena, said, "We will continue with the marches until Zuma is removed. He has disgraced our country and has destroyed our economy. Zuma must fall."

The image of Zuma’s government has been tarnished by corruption scandals and anger is growing among young South Africans due to their view that benefits of the post-apartheid era have been taken by a small elite group within the African National Congress.

FRANCE 24’s Ayesha Ismail reported, “We’ve seen South Africans becoming increasingly disenchanted and disillusioned with President Zuma, citing poor leadership, corruption, an increase in unemployment and poverty during his rule, as well as billions of rand in fruitless and wasteful expenditure.”

South Africa has also been facing serious financial problems in recent years, particularly with unemployment, which is at a staggering rate of 25 percent, GDP growth has decreased and power cuts have affected industrial production.

TRTWorld and agencies