Calm urged in South Africa protests against president

They will be replaced with candidates from an ANC list.

Cosatu is in an alliance with the ANC and the South African Communist Party, which already called for Zuma's resignation last Friday.

Tomorrow, South Africans in their thousands will take to the streets to raise their voices against the ANC, Jacob Zuma and their mismanagement of the country.

It was not clear if Gordhan would also step down as an MP. "I will see you on the 18th", he said when asked on Thursday.

Jonas's resignation comes a week after he was axed as deputy minister of finance in a Cabinet reshuffle that sparked widespread outrage against President Jacob Zuma.

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Jonas was at the center of the state capture scandal after revealing that he was approached by friends of the president, the Gupta family, with an offer to be finance minister - on condition that he assist them in securing billions of rands' worth of government contracts.

"No army allows its soldiers to be commanded by the enemy general", Mantashe said, implying that any decision to unseat him would have to come from within the ANC itself. He retains the full support of the leadership of at least five of the ANC's provincial structures, a large number of MPs in parliament, as well as the ANC women's and youth leagues.

Parliament said in a statement on Wednesday the speaker had received several letters from parliamentary political parties requesting an urgent scheduling of a motion of no confidence in the President.

Duarte said that the ANC had been aware of Zuma wanting to sack Gordhan from November past year.

Gigaba has declared plans to redistribute wealth in the economy to poor black people as part of a programme of "radical socio-economic transformation" promised by Zuma.

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It said it would continue to fight for the poor people of South Africa, who have always been forgotten by the ANC.

Gordhan's speech was greeted with loud cheers in the packed cathedral, with some people holding up posters saying: "Zuma must go".

Zuma has pledged to expropriate land but analysts said violent seizures of farms like those in neighbouring Zimbabwe were unlikely.

Rating agency S&P Global Ratings cited Gordhan's dismissal as one reason for its downgrade of South Africa to "junk" in an unscheduled review on Monday.

Last week, President Zuma who also fired Tourism Minister, Derek Hanekom, Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, and Public Service and Administration Minister, Ngoako Ramatlhodiwhen, said he made changes to the National Executive "in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness".

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We live in a democratic society wherein our constitutional rights have enshrined our freedom to protest.


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