New S.African alliance calls for Zuma's exit

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 21, 2017

The movement is a conglomerate of political parties, civil organisations and ordinary citizens and forms a collective focal point for the rising tide of anti-Zuma sentiment.

Leader Mmusi Maimane said one person can not hold all the power over 55 million South Africans. That's why we say we will support any other similar movement, no matter the size.

"The worst thing we can do as South Africans is get used to the status quo of corruption and mismanagement".

Reading a joint statement at the Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto, Johannesburg, the Freedom Movement's Prince Mashele said that the new movement aims to protect the Constitution, restore power to the people of South Africa and protect their hard-won freedom, and to safeguard the state.

La Grange said it was hard to say what Mandela would have said or felt about her taking part in the organisation.

Mashele said that the movement has the support of Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu, whom he quoted as having said: "In principle Aunt Leah and I are in support of a united coalition calling on all South Africans to join the event on 27 April 2017".

Mashele said the immediate objective of this grouping was to help facilitate a large-scale protest outside Parliament‚ when the Motion of No Confidence is debated.

"At the end of the day, it is the working people of this country that will suffer".

The organisations, who jointly called themselves the "Freedom Movement" will gather at Freedom Park, Pretoria next week to demonstrate against Zuma's presidency.

Holomisa hoped the directions from the Constitutional Court with regards to the UDM's application to force a secret ballot in Parliament would be finalised by Friday.

Read the official press release and mission statement here.

"This is us saying, we are better if we stand together", Maimane said.

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