THE PEO­PLE SHALL GOV­ERN

South Africans took to the streets in their thou­sands on Fri­day to call for Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to leave of­fice. In big marches or­gan­ised by Save SA and the DA, and in smaller neigh­bour­hood protests hastily or­gan­ised by res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tions and com­mun

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A pro­tester holds a plac­ard dur­ing a demon­stra­tion spear­headed by civil so­ci­ety group Save SA. The pro­tester joined a march on Grayston Drive in Sand­ton on Fri­day. The march was one of many held around the coun­try call­ing for Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to step down

DUR­BAN: Su­nita Mego (left) with friend Noni Makhanya

I am here be­cause I toyi-toyied for the change we needed in 1994 and I see the same need to do so to­day.

I was a stu­dent ac­tivist and a mem­ber of the ANC Youth League. It is very dis­heart­en­ing to see the cor­rup­tion and the lack of care for the pop­u­la­tion.

It is a tragedy that some­thing that was so good could be turned into some­thing so bad. It’s par­tic­u­larly tragic that no­body in the ANC is stand­ing up.

That’s why I’m here. Enough is enough.

And I ques­tion why the ANC is try­ing to racialise the protest.

PRE­TO­RIA: Mahlame Mo­hale (17) from Ivory Park

I want to have a bright future, so Zuma must not sell our coun­try to the Gup­tas. At our school, JB Mata­bane Se­condary School, we do not have a feed­ing scheme. He is not pro­vid­ing for us. Our school has noth­ing. Our school doesn’t have chairs. We sit on top of the ta­bles. We don’t have build­ings.

PRE­TO­RIA: Nina Veldt­man (17) from Jo­han­nes­burg

I want to have a bright future and I want to stay in this coun­try. Zuma has taken away my se­cu­rity in terms of know­ing I’ll be liv­ing in a good place here in the future.

If Zuma con­tin­ues to do what he’s do­ing and the coun­try con­tin­ues to be in this state, I don’t know if I, or my sib­lings, will be able to get a job or go to uni­ver­sity.

I am con­cerned about se­cur­ing my future. Nei­ther I nor the peo­ple around me will be able to ex­pe­ri­ence the same things and have the priv­i­lege of liv­ing a good life if Zuma con­tin­ues like this.

JO­HAN­NES­BURG: Nkele Mmusi

Zuma must leave. It’s too much. I have ap­plied for a house since 1996. I still don’t have a house, even to­day. I’ve got chil­dren in Alexan­dra and we stay in a sin­gle room. My chil­dren are get­ting big­ger and I can­not ex­tend my home as it’s some­body else’s prop­erty.

That’s why I see that Zuma is not im­prov­ing our lives. I’ve seen this side is bet­ter. I’ve come to the bet­ter side. Our chil­dren want jobs. There’s no jobs any more. Let’s try an­other thing as Zuma is not help­ing. We want help, so we had bet­ter go to the other side.

DUR­BAN: Michelle van Niek­erk (right) with mum Vicky But­ler

My chil­dren are the rea­son I de­cided to act. My hus­band runs his own busi­ness and the pressure on him has in­creased.

Zuma is re­spon­si­ble for the un­cer­tainty in our coun­try. He makes rash de­ci­sions and does things that cause in­sta­bil­ity. The econ­omy is hurt­ing. Peo­ple have stopped spend­ing money as they don’t know what will hap­pen.

Most of us whites don’t have any­where else to go. We just want to live, like ev­ery­body else.

What has hap­pened now has brought dif­fer­ent peo­ple to­gether. This is not the end of things but the be­gin­ning of some­thing.

PORT EL­IZ­A­BETH: Yoliswa Masa­bal­ala

I am a mother of two boys and work as a driver for a courier com­pany in Port El­iz­a­beth. I also have a mu­sic de­gree. Zuma has taken away my dig­nity be­cause I have been un­able to get a job and am forced to do work per­formed by un­qual­i­fied peo­ple.

He has re­duced my hopes for get­ting a job be­cause un­der his lead­er­ship, all those who want us to pay for jobs will not be made to ac­count.

Zuma is cor­rupt and a dream shat­terer.

PRE­TO­RIA: Faiza Ma­jiet and son Fuzail Es­sop (7)

I am do­ing this for the sake of my son’s future. We need to get Zuma out now while there is still some­thing left of this coun­try.

This is not what Nel­son Man­dela wanted or strug­gled for, so that’s why I am here: to give South Africa back to the peo­ple of South Africa.

I want a future in which my son will have a job when he fin­ishes his stud­ies, not one where he has to go over­seas to look for work.

I am march­ing so he can stay here and work for his peo­ple. That is what I want for my son’s future.

PORT EL­IZ­A­BETH: Colum­bus Mataka

My grant was paid, when ev­ery­body had said grants would not be paid. I have a house to­day be­cause of my Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma. Any­body who thinks they can re­move Zuma out­side of an ANC con­fer­ence must think again. I would never sup­port a march that ANC re­gional lead­er­ship never told me to go to. I only sup­port the man­date of my lead­er­ship.

A pres­i­dent is de­ployed by a win­ning party. Let’s wait for a con­fer­ence to sit, and the peo­ple’s will will be taken for­ward.

PRE­TO­RIA: Jonathan Se­lesnick (17) from Jo­han­nes­burg

Zuma has taken ev­ery­thing from us. He has di­min­ished this coun­try to noth­ing. It af­fects me per­son­ally be­cause it doesn’t se­cure my future in this coun­try. It doesn’t make it safe for me to be in this coun­try any more.

The whole uni­ver­sity sys­tem is screwed up be­cause of Zuma, sim­ply be­cause of the le­gal mess in which he is im­pli­cated and the things he has done that have reper­cus­sions on the stu­dents.

This has re­sulted in us not feeling safe and not be­ing able to study in our coun­try freely. It’s lim­ited who can study and what we can do to study.

PRE­TO­RIA: Given Masenya from Pre­to­ria East

As a youth, I am strug­gling to find work. I am study­ing civil en­gi­neer­ing and I’m not qual­i­fied to do any­thing be­cause po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers all need, like, five years of ex­pe­ri­ence. Where am I go­ing to get that five years of ex­pe­ri­ence if I don’t get a chance to prove my­self in this field and get that ex­pe­ri­ence?

JO­HAN­NES­BURG: Vaughn van der Merwe

It’s so early into the down­grade, but al­ready I have debt … We’ve got staff and we have to let them go. This makes me want to cry.

We want a lead­er­ship that looks af­ter its peo­ple, that up­lifts all of us.

Since Nel­son Man­dela left the pres­i­dency, our politi­cians have been try­ing to di­vide us. I think the ANC in par­tic­u­lar is play­ing the race card. All races need to come to­gether.

I feel that what I’ve got out of this march is the need for new lead­er­ship in this coun­try.

JO­HAN­NES­BURG: Wake Sere

The marches are not about Save SA. This or­gan­i­sa­tion does not sup­port the Fees Must Fall move­ment. It does not sup­port black mat­ters. It’s ac­tu­ally about saving the sys­tem of white peo­ple, the sys­tem of black elites, the sys­tem of just ex­ploit­ing black peo­ple. Is that why it de­nies us free education, so that we can also be smart to have our own cap­i­tal sys­tem?

Who is spon­sor­ing these types of or­gan­i­sa­tions? If they were re­ally in­ter­ested in South Africa, they would have sup­ported Fees Must Fall.

PHOTO: LEON SADIKI

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