The supposed People’s Assembly Against State Capture and #SaveSouthAfrica walk was initially wanted to agree with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan showing up in court, yet those charges were dropped not long ago.
That didn’t stop the’s who of battle stalwarts and other noticeable pioneers – from business to religion – to assemble at Pretoria’s St Alban’s Cathedral on Wednesday, however.
This all while president Jacob Zuma announced that he will be withdrawing his application against release of #StateCapture report.
There are several marches due to be held in Pretoria on Wednesday with the EFF supporters mobilising on the streets and off to Church Square at 13:00. All of this is broadly happening under the #SaveSouthAfrica banner.
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Leaders from opposition parties UDM and Cope were also present at the assembly in the cathedral on Wednesday morning.
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These are some of the key figures who gathered to show their support for the movement.
- Ivan Pillay
Pillay is the former SARS deputy commissioner and one of the formerly co-accused in the fraud charges against Gordhan.
- Cheryl Carolus
Carolus is a struggle stalwart and has previously called for Zuma to resign.
3 and 4. Barbara Hogan and Ahmed Kathrada
Hogan is also a struggle veteran and was previously the Minister of Public Enterprises. She was fired from the position by Zuma in 2010. Last year, when the whole NeNeGate kicked off, she denounced the president for the sacking of Nene and called on the citizenry to “rise up and say enough is enough”. Uncle Kathy, meanwhile, needs no introduction. He is Hogan’s partner and spent time on Robben Island with former president Nelson Mandela.
- Sipho Pityana
Another prominent voice who has called for Zuma to step down is the AngloGold Ashanti chairman. Pityana previously called the president the “sponsor-in-chief of corruption”.
- Jabu Mabuza
The Telkom chairman was present on Wednesday and said at the media briefing that he was “opposed to malicious‚ politically motivated prosecutions. We also commit to fighting inequality and social injustice.”
- Warren Goldstein
Goldstein is South Africa’s chief Rabbi.
- Allen Kannemeyer
Kannemeyer is the Anglican Bishop of Pretoria.
- Zak Yacoob
Yacoob has been vocal in his critique of the president and he was present ahead of the march.