Roads blocked as protesters march against President Zuma

Opposition supporters blocked roads with burning tyres and rocks as they protested ahead of a vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

Demonstrators in Johannesburg and Cape Town held placards which read “fire Zuma” and “no confidence” during a vocal show of opposition against the president, who is facing allegations of corruption and financial mismanagement.

If the no-confidence vote passes on Tuesday afternoon, the 75-year-old and his cabinet will be forced to step down.

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) party has vowed to back Mr Zuma in the parliamentary ballot, which is being held in secret to ensure its credibility.

South African President Jacob Zuma speaks at a memorial lecture after unveiling a statue of struggle veteran Harry Gwala in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, August 6, 2017. REUTERS/Rogan Ward – RTS1AMQ1

Mr Zuma faces allegations of corruption and financial mismanagement
Eight previous no-confidence motions against Mr Zuma have failed – but they were all held via an open process.

Senior ANC ministers could be heard singing as they walked out of a meeting in which they agreed to support the president.

Chief whip Jackson Mthembu said: “You hear the singing, Zuma was dancing.

“That is what we do when we are under attack.”


Opposition supporters march ahead of the vote of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma in Cape Town, South Africa, August 8, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings – RTS1ATYH

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