Thousands marched in the #OppositionMarch on the Union Buildings on Wednesday calling for President Jacob Zuma to resign (on his birthday, to boot). The Daily Vox Team asked protesters why they were there and what theyâ€
I was not at the march on Friday, I was not allowed to [because of work]. I want Julius Malema to be the president of South Africa. We are going to strike until Zuma steps down. Even the ANC said they donâ€
We need to come together and say we need to respect the constitution. The constitution was written to protect all of the people of South Africa. Anybody who violates the constitution should not be in charge or leading people in South Africa. The constitution is there to protect all of South Africans and we must protect that, and thatâ€
I don’t have anyone in mind [to be president], I would like to say the president of the ACDP, but obviously we donâ€
We have to fight poverty, we have to fight hunger, we have to educate people, we have to fight for the rights of the people who cannot fight for themselves. Thatâ€
Eventually [race divisions and other social issues are] going to stop, for now I think itâ€
I am protesting today because our president has done some changes and our economy is falling apart because of what he created. We think Jacob Zuma must fall because he was given a chance to prove himself to the people, but he never took that chance. He was thinking of himself and his family. There are a lot of people suffering in our country, they needs jobs, they need something to eat in their houses but Jacob Zuma only thinks of himself.
I think they [the eight political parties] will always divide us, every political party member here is willing to take the seat after Zuma falls. But if we are one nation, we can have one political party that will be leading us all, then that will never divide us. It will be an undivided nation.
Students have been crying out frequently for free higher education, the EFF has been crying out about service delivery. We mobilised people to come here so that South African people can have one voice to say that Zuma must leave the office because he has not been doing his job.
You can never divide this revolution with class and race. We still fight racism, we still fight rape, we still fight oppression of women, those are struggles. But in this one, all of us must come together for one common goal and our common goal is to get rid of Zuma.
Today must be a day where Zuma knows we donâ€
Reporting and images by Rumana Akoob,Â Mihlali Ntsabo and Nolwandle Zondi.