CAPE TOWN – “Hands off President Jacob Zuma” is the stern message from the Congress of South African Students.
They are planning to picket outside Parliament on Thursday in support of President Jacob Zuma.
The National Assembly will on Thursday afternoon debate a motion of no confidence in the president.
The motion was tabled by the Democratic Alliance following a series of political controversies surrounding Zuma.
The organisation says it has rallied students and pupils from across the Western Cape to join the march and occupation of Parliament. The organisation says under Zuma’s leadership, the education system in the country has improved.
“Under President Zuma we have seen many children go from mud schools to world class schools” said Cosasa Secretary-General Khulekani Skosana.
“President Zuma’s administration has increased the budget for nutrition at schools and every week we see schools being built by this administration that has done well for two terms. President Zuma is a champion of many pupils around the country, he is our grandfather.”
Skosana has accused those who want to remove Zuma in office as wanting to derail his progress.
The organisation will march from the Cape Town CBD at 12h30 and are expected to be in the vicinity of the legislature before 2pm.