The streets of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, among others are reportedly filled with marchers protesting against corruption carrying ‘Zuma Must Fall’ placards and singing anti-Zuma songs.
According to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the South African Communist Party (SACP), both in alliance with the ruling ANC, the strike on Wednesday is largely against corruption.
However, the call to take to the streets is also seen by others as an indictment against President Jacob Zuma.
In a statement released by COSATU, the union confederation said “corruption has become endemic under this administration”.
“This calls for all of us as workers and citizens to stand up and push back against this rot.”
Two days ago, the housing minister of South Africa and presidential hopeful, Lindiwe Sisulu called on the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to discipline Zuma for bringing the party into disrepute.
According to Sisulu who is seen as an outside bet to become the next president, Zuma’s scandal had caused tensions and disquiet within the party going by a report presented at the ANC’s policy conference in July.