Ramaphosa v Zuma: Battle Lines Are Drawn At Luthuli House

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A counter march,  to “defend” the ANC’s headquarters and newly elected party president Cyril Ramaposa is being planned for Monday.

The march is to be held to counter a Hands Off Zuma planned protest by Black First Land First (BLF) and other organisations, defending President Jacob Zuma’s continued stay as head of state. 

According to News24, a group, claiming to be made up of ANC members from across South Africa said that they will be at Luthuli House on Monday.

“President Zuma is a head of state and deployed by the ANC. So, if they want to display their support to him, they must take their march to the Union Buildings. 

“Why are they marching to Luthuli house?” Lele Sekete, convenor of the counter march said.On Friday, several organisations including BLF held a press conference where they announced that they would be leading a Hands Off Zuma march, claiming that his job is on the line because of his stance on radical economic transformation and land expropriation without compensation. 

The group said it was marching to protect Zuma and not the ANC. But Sekete said they were worried that BLF, which is a political party, was celebrating “Zuma as a good president”.

“BLF is a registered political party which is an opposition to the ANC. So, can you imagine marching to BLF offices, asking Andile Mngxitama to step down? We are advising them to deal with their president and we will deal with ours,” Sekete said. 

“In life, you must be worried when an enemy celebrates with you. So, in this case we [are] worried that an opposition party is dictating to the ANC that President Zuma is the right president. We get very worried. It’s very scary,” Sekete said. 

The protests come as the top six, led by Ramaphosa, is expected to meet with Zuma to urge him to step down. 

They are under renewed pressure from the party’s national working committee that met on Monday, with some members demanding that Zuma steps down before the State of the Nation Address on Thursday. 

Earlier, chairperson Gwede Mantashe is reportedly to have said they will be meeting with Zuma to discuss his options.