#Zu­maMustFall

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As soon as the news broke on Wed­nes­day evening that Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma had sacked Nh­lanhla Nene as his fi­nance min­is­ter and ap­pointed an un­known in his place, Twit­ter was abuzz.

The hash­tag #Zu­maMustFall gained mo­men­tum as the ANC and the pres­i­dency re­mained mum, and as the rand tum­bled to record lows.

On so­cial me­dia, ra­dio sta­tions and TV shows, cit­i­zens voiced their dis­sat­is­fac­tion with Pres­i­dent Zuma. This is what some plan to do about it: Pe­ti­tion

Brent Lin­d­eque started his pe­ti­tion on Thurs­day at change.org, which cit­i­zens can sign for Pres­i­dent Zuma to step down.

By Satur­day af­ter­noon, the pe­ti­tion had been signed by more than 105 000 peo­ple.

“It’s sim­ple ... lead or step down. And, un­for­tu­nately, Ja­cob Zuma can­not lead. His con­tin­u­ous ac­tions and de­ci­sions are ru­in­ing South Africa. Our un­em­ploy­ment has never been higher. Crime and cor­rup­tion have be­come a stan­dard. Govern­ment is pil­lag­ing our taxes and our econ­omy is at a tip­ping point. We need change,” reads the pe­ti­tion. March

A peace­ful and silent #Zu­maMustFall protest march will be held at the Union Build­ings at 10am on Wed­nes­day.

“Peo­ple have ex­pressed an in­ter­est in gath­er­ing at the Union Build­ings in Pre­to­ria and peace­fully mark­ing their dis­sat­is­fac­tion with a pres­i­dent who does not care about them.

“If you choose to rally your com­mu­nity and make your way there on Wed­nes­day, that is your choice, and noth­ing can stop you,” reads the note on the count­down web­site.

The event was cre­ated on Face­book on Thurs­day and by Satur­day at 3.30pm, 16 000 peo­ple had con­firmed their at­ten­dance. A fur­ther 13 000 said they might at­tend.

Face­book user Sir-Mosi­manek­ago Mokae was listed as the cre­ator of the event.

Face­book user Thandi Nethate wrote: “Tired of sit­ting wait­ing for change ... While Zuma keeps mess­ing up time and again.” Let­ters

The He­len Suz­man Foun­da­tion has writ­ten to the pres­i­dent, ask­ing him to tell the coun­try why he dis­missed Nene.

“Join­ing our fel­low South Africans, we shall keep ask­ing un­til we have an an­swer. Our con­sti­tu­tional democ­racy re­quires no less,” wrote foun­da­tion di­rec­tor Fran­cis An­tonie.

The foun­da­tion is en­cour­ag­ing cit­i­zens to write to the pres­i­dency at pres­i­dent@pres­i­dency.gov.za.

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