South Africans hold nationwide protests against Zuma

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Last year, the country's economic growth was about 0.3 percent while this year it's expected to be slightly above one percent.

The video, posted below, states: "This is a message of support to the citizens of South Africa".

He is seen as favouring his ex-wife, former African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, to succeed him. The ANC on Wednesday rejected calls for Zuma to quit and said its members in parliament would vote against a motion of no confidence in Zuma on April 18, a key rallying call for the marchers on Friday.

"Tensions within the ANC will mean that political energy will be absorbed by efforts to maintain party unity and fend off leadership challenges", Fitch said in its statement.

Chants of Zuma must fall have rung around the partisan crowd who are in good spirits.

"South Africa is not the property of one individual, one family or one party".

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The protests also drew out South Africans who, until now, have remained politically silent. Nothing of the sort happened.

Mmusi Maimane, leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party, was due to lead a march in downtown Johannesburg, where thousands of marchers wearing blue DA T-shirts gathered to start the march, with many bussed in from other areas.

The ANC is the ruling political party in South Africa, since 1994 the end of the white-minority rule in the country.

By equal measure, in line with the right to freedom of association, it is also the prerogative of those who choose not to participate in any demonstrations, to not do so, the party said, adding that this should be respected and any form of coercion with regards to participation in the planned demonstrations, should be condemned.

Much of this propaganda is disseminated through what has come to be known as "paid Twitter" and Ann7, a gaffe-prone, poorly produced and obnoxious 24-hour satellite news channel that blurs the line between fact and fiction.

In the capital Pretoria, about 15,000 people gathered in a field outside the Union Buildings, the site of Zuma's offices.

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Most demonstrators are carrying the South African flag, while others are holding placards which read "Fire Zuma" and "No confidence". If only one of the other two agencies follows suit, big worldwide investors like pension funds will be obliged to dump their South African government debt, and the government will be unable to raise loans overseas.

"We lowered our ratings on the financial institutions because we do not rate South African banks above the foreign currency sovereign credit ratings".

"Reforming" the ANC might still be possible, but past experience suggests that internal renewal is extremely unlikely.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa called the dismissal of Pravin "totally unacceptable" and condemned "greedy and corrupt people" in a broadside clearly aimed at Zuma.

What is clear is that South Africa needs a new and plausible vision. Real people are struggling.

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