Jacob Zuma Protesters urge South Africa president to quit

This time, Mr. Zuma's deputy and the powerful Congress for South African Trade Unions, COSATU, which stood by Mr. Zuma in a 2004 corruption scandal, added their voices to calls on the president to step down.

Some posters depicted black people as baboons, Zuma said, stressing that "racists have become more emboldened" in the country.

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

Kepile Mothokwa, 48, DA councillor, Bela BelaWe are going to mobilise people around our towns, and we are going to continue with this mass protest.

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

He was sacked by President over two weeks ago, together with his deputy, former Eastern Cape MEC for Economic Development, Mcebisi Jonas, in a controversial Cabinet Reshuffle that has since seen the country downgraded to junk status by two rating agencies.

Several opposition parties announced on Monday that another mega protest is planned for this week in Pretoria as they increase pressure on Zuma to quit.

In light of the political and economic fallout following the President's midnight cabinet reshuffle, the latest move by the Zuma camp can be described as nothing less than propaganda to ensure that he retains his power by all means possible.

"I don't want him anymore", Mavis Madisha, a 37-year-old EFF supporter, said.

The EFF's Julius Malema says people must be educated on the importance of removing Zuma. "That's our formal policy", Pravin Gordhan told Foreign Policy earlier this month, before he was sacked from his post as finance minister.

"It's been proven before that if you place a racial bombshell in a conversation it clouds the issues", said Gwen Ngwenya, the chief operating officer of the South African Institute of Race Relations in Johannesburg.

In another development, parliament said a motion of no-confidence in Zuma called by the opposition had been postponed until a court decided whether the vote should be taken by secret ballot.

But days later, after a party meeting, the ANC threw its weight behind Zuma and vowed to shoot down the no-confidence motion brought by the opposition. Our people must come out in their numbers to say "Enough is enough".

"The key question is, how will the ANC and the government handle this?" said Somadoda Fikeni, a political analyst at the University of South Africa in Pretoria.

  • Rogelio Becker