Giving Zuma power was a fundamental error — Zwelinzima Vavi

Activist and South African Federation of Trade Unions leader Zwelinzima Vavi told crowds joining the “People’s March” that the election of President Jacob Zuma was a “tragedy” and a “fundamental error”. 

He was addressing a crowd of more than 25 000 people at Tshwane’s Church Square, where civil society leaders, members of the clergy and civilians prepared to march to the Union Buildings. 

“The important question is: what is it that we must do to correct the mistake of 2007? We are here to fight a tyrant in the form of President Jacob Zuma,” Vavi said. 

“And when you fight a tyrant, you mobilise everybody,” he added. 

The eve of the march was filled with confusion about whether or not permission had been granted for the movement to take place. Acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane gave a briefing in Tshwane on Thursday evening where he declared the march to the Union Buildings illegal due to non-compliance from its organisers. 

His claims of the march’s illegality were, however, refuted by Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga. The attempt to prohibit the march was also blocked by the regional court in Pretoria which, in an urgent hearing, ruled in favour of the protest taking place.

Friday’s demonstration was led by Save South Africa and supported by the SACP.

PW Botha wagged his finger and banned us in 1988 but we stood firm. We built a reputation for fearless journalism, then, and now. Through these last 35 years, the Mail & Guardian has always been on the right side of history.

These days, we are on the trail of the merry band of corporates and politicians robbing South Africa of its own potential.

To help us ensure another 35 future years of fiercely independent journalism, please subscribe.

Dineo Bendile
Dineo Bendile works from Johannesburg. Political reporter. BLACK. Dineo Bendile has over 2712 followers on Twitter.
Advertisting

Western Cape Judge Mushtak Parker faces second misconduct complaint

The Cape Bar Council says his conduct is ‘unbecoming the holding of judicial office’

‘My biggest fear was getting the virus and dying in...

South African Wuhan evacuee speaks about his nine-week ordeal

Border walls don’t stop viruses, but a blanket amnesty might

Why South Africa should consider amnesty for undocumented migrants in the time of the coronavirus outbreak.

Press Releases

The online value of executive education in a Covid-19 world

Executive education courses further develop the skills of leaders in the workplace

Sisa Ntshona urges everyone to stay home, and consider travelling later

Sisa Ntshona has urged everyone to limit their movements in line with government’s request

SAB Zenzele’s special AGM postponed until further notice

An arrangement has been announced for shareholders and retailers to receive a 77.5% cash payout

20th Edition of the National Teaching Awards

Teachers are seldom recognised but they are indispensable to the country's education system

Awards affirm the vital work that teachers do

Government is committed to empowering South Africa’s teachers with skills, knowledge and techniques for a changing world

SAB Zenzele special AGM rescheduled to March 25 2020

New voting arrangements are being made to safeguard the health of shareholders

Dimension Data launches Saturday School in PE

The Gauteng Saturday School has produced a number of success stories