President Jacob Zuma may have survived the ANC fires, but the nation is not that forgiving.
Several marches have been planned across the country, calling for the president to step down.
The protests follow a cabinet reshuffle and the removal of former finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas and the appointment of several new ministers and deputy ministers.
Organisations that have pledged support for the protest action are Save South Africa, Corruption Watch, Treatment Action Campaign, Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse, Lawyers for Human Rights, Section27, Johannesburg Against Injustice and the National Religious Leaders’ Council.
According to the organisers, the march has also been endorsed by the South African University Staff Association, the South African Food Sovereignty Campaign, and Co-operative and Policy Alternative Centre.
Themba Masango, national convener of the #SaveSouthAfrica campaign, said the core message of the People’s March was “Zuma must go, and must go immediately”.
He urged South Africans to come out in their numbers to join the march irrespective of their political affiliations.
“If you are a South African and you are tired of the status quo, just come out and join the march. We are tired and we can’t keep working this way. Let’s get our democracy working,” he said.
Social justice activist Mark Heywood said the march would be peaceful and legal.
According to the Forum, on Thursday at 12pm, there will be a ‘holding hands’ picket from outside the gates of Parliament down Plein Street, up Adderley and Wale Streets until St. George’s Cathedral.
At 2pm, a memorial service for the late Ahmed Kathrada will be held at St. George’s Cathedral where Pravin Gordhan will be the keynote speaker.
At about 5pm, there will be a set-up of Vukani Mzansi tent camp to conduct a 48-hour picket.
There will also be a cultural programme that will last until Saturday morning between St. George’s Cathedral and the Slave Lodge museum.
On Friday, there will be a human chain along key main roads into the Cape Town CBD at 10am.
These roads include the Main road from Simonstown, Voortrekker Rd from Bellville, West coast road into Marine Parade Drive and along Jakes Gerwel Drive down Klipfontein road.
All these human chains will run into the Cape Town CBD.
At 12pm, there will be a Civil Society march that will take place from Keizersgracht Street to the gates of Parliament.
People are advised to wear white or something with the South African flag on it. South African flags may be brought and people may make their own posters.