Protest called to counter pro-Zuma group at Luthuli House

File: A group of ANC members and supporters are expected to gather to counter the march by the BLF's 'Hands off Zuma' campaign. Photo: Reuters / Siphiwe Sibeko

JOHANNESBURG - A group purporting to be made up of ANC members and supporters will hold a counter-protest at the party's headquarters in Johannesburg on Monday, against pro-Zuma demonstrators. 

The Black First Land First (BLF) will lead a "Hands off Zuma" demonstration, calling for President Jacob Zuma to be allowed to serve out his term. 

The BLF insists the move to remove Zuma is due to the president's support of radical economic transformation. 

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The counter-group said its protest is to defend Luthuli House "against counter-revolutionist (BLF) who are marching to our office to undermine the leadership of the ANC."

"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," the convenor of the counter-march, Lele Sekete, told News24.

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On Saturday, ANC NEC member Bheki Cele took a swipe at those who promised to defend Zuma at the ANC headquarters.               

“They have no business, if they are not members of the ANC, to march and determine what the ANC must do. Comrade JZ is a deployee of the ANC and the ANC will have to decide...

"I don’t know who they are. I don’t know what they want, they must go and deal with their organisation and with their things and allow the ANC to deal with its matters.”

The ANC's top six is meeting with President Zuma on Sunday to discuss his future, amid pressure for him to step down before the State of the Nation Address on Thursday



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