Junk for South Africa as Fitch joins S&P in cut on politics

South African opposition, rights groups march against Zuma

The league's Toko Xasa said women must focus their energy on participating on things that will build them.

And his supporters also gathered to support him.

President Jacob Zuma used the 24th commemoration of Chris Hani's death to call on South Africans to unite against racism.

Cope's Dennis Bloem says they will not get exhausted of marching until Zuma resigns.

We are encouraged by the determination and steadfastness of the thousands, black and white, who took to the streets, ignoring the intimidation and threats that came from the ANCYL and other ANC aligned thugs, to deal with those who dare to march against Zuma. During his speech, he reiterated his call for radical social and economic transformation in favour of the poor.

Zuma, who came to power in 2009, has been battered by a series of corruption scandals during his time in office, while the country has suffered record unemployment, slowing growth and stubborn racial inequality.

Marchers chanting "Zuma must go" walked to the Union Buildings, the official seat of government, while thousands of people faced riot police outside the chained gates of parliament in Cape Town, and rallied in Durban and Port Elizabeth, Bloomberg reported.

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Ratings agency Fitch followed S&P on Friday in downgrading South Africa to 'BBB-' from 'BB+' in the wake of political turmoil which has seen several government ministers replaced and country-wide protests on Friday.

The ANC has also condemned pro-Zuma protesters who reportedly armed themselves with bricks outside the party's Luthuli House headquarters in Johannesburg. "Us as Cosas remain resolute as we want him to remain our president‚" said Cosas regional secretary Gugu Nkosi.

Leaders of the African Christian Democratic Party, African Independent Congress, African People's Convention, Congress of the People, Agang SA, Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters, Inkatha Freedom Party and the United Democratic Movement announced at a press conference on Monday in Tshwane to hold the "National Day of Action" protest on Wednesday.

Calls for Zuma's resignation have since grown and reached a fever pitch with protest marches all over South Africa on Friday.

Save South Africa says that activism in the country needs to be maintained and that today's events were just the beginning. Adding to the woes of the weakening South African economy, the rand fell immediately by more than 2%. A government ombudsman's report past year suggested that Zuma allowed the Gupta family to influence his Cabinet appointments, as well as the issuance of government contracts.

The tensions in South African politics are unlikely to subside in the weeks ahead following speaker of parliament Baleka Mbete's announcement on Fridaythat MPs will debate a motion of no confidence in Mr Zuma's presidency on April 18th.

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