South Africans are protesting against President Jacob Zuma
A clash between protesters and police have erupted in Johannesburg
There are fears that many have been injured from shots fired
Following violence that have trailed protests against President Jacob Zuma in South Africa, some protesters in downtown Johannesburg have been fired rubber bullets by the police.
The clash which took place on Friday, April 7, let to the injury of some members of the protesting crowd.
Tear gas canisters were also released as the clash erupted. The opposition Democratic Alliance, DA, party, which called for the marches, held a rally of more than 10,000 people in another part of Johannesburg which was calm.
A “holding hands” picket was due to take place in Cape Town, where motorists hooted in support of the march holding up South African flags. Al-Jazeera reports that about 2,000 people were also marching in coastal city of Durban.
Thousands marched in major South African cities to protest against Mr. Zuma, demanding he quit after a cabinet reshuffle triggered the latest crisis of his presidency.
Zuma’s sacking of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in the reshuffle last Thursday has outraged allies and opponents alike, undermined his authority and caused rifts in the ruling African National Congress, ANC, which has governed South Africa since the end of white-minority rule in 1994.
In the country’s commercial hub, Johannesburg, several residents stood along the roads, waving placards demanding that Mr. Zuma step down.
Mmusi Maimane, leader of the DA party, was due to lead a march in downtown Johannesburg, where thousands of marchers wearing blue DA T-shirts gathered to start the march, with many bussed in from other areas.
Some held placards saying: “Fire Zuma”.
“This president is mishandling the presidency and he should leave office,” said Graham Fish, 62.