#NoConfidence Protests – A National Affair

The National Day of No Confidence will determine Jacob Zuma’s future. We find out all the stuff you need to know to show your solidarity.
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Melissa
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Published: Wednesday, August 2nd 2017
General
The 8th of August 2017 will determine our current president's fate. Public Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete has announced that the motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma will take place on Tuesday. Don't think that for one minute this event was going unnoticed by the rest of the nation!
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Here's What The Country's Got Planned...

Cape Town will host three different marches that will take place across the city and meet outside Parliament.

#UniteBehind Coalition March 

The #UniteBehind coalition, which is made up of civil society organisations and religious groups have prepared to march a day before the vote. The coalition comprises of 21 different groups that will march down Keizergracht Road down to Parliament. They will walk via Buitenkant and Roeland Street. This particular march starts at 3pm and organisers are expecting 10 000 people to join the march. On the 8th, however, will see two more marches to Parliament organised by two separate groups.

In Defense Of Democracy March

The Dullah Omar region in the Western Cape has been known as an 'ANC stronghold'. They will hold their own 'In defense of democracy' march from the Grand Parade to Parliament at 9am. This march aims to bring a whopping 15 000 people along down the streets of Cape Town.

The Multi-Parties Unite March

This march is planned to be an opposition party march in solidarity for change. The DA, EFF, IFP, ACDP and ZumaMustFall movement will stage this march down the streets of the CBD to parliament. This march will also take place at 9am.

So What Can I Do?

The Bill of Rights encourages all citizens to take part in democratic protests and civil action. It is our duty as citizens to join together and make this our country. The SaveSA campaign has asked for everyone to stop what they are doing and have a two hour lunchtime shut down. From 12pm until 2pm, the country is urged to take to the streets and unite in support of change. FutureSA is a new campaign that was launched by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. They have taken to social media by saying "Those unable to make it to any central points of activity, we urge you to organise your own picket. On a bridge, in your community, at your school, office or religious centre. At the same time, make sure to invite the media, as well as share images of your protest action on social media using the hashtag #FutureSA."

Other Initiatives To Show Support

  • FutureSA encourages citizens to switch off house lights between 8pm-9pm on August 7. The campaign has also asked for everyone to drive with their headlights on the whole of Tuesday;
  • All businesses are encouraged to close at 12pm. Workers are asked to stand outside in the streets and take part in a march close to them;
  • Make placards and banners that you can walk around with and hang on bridges overlooking the freeway;
  • People are encouraged to take photos and videos of the marches or events that they are taking part in. The can post this on all social media sites using the hashtag #NoConfidence.
*If you don't live in Cape Town, other cities around the country will be holding protests. We will keep you updated on this! Keep an eye on @future_sa_, @_SaveSA and @KathradaFound for more details.
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