#NationalDayOfAction in pictures

2017-04-12 19:10

An estimated 100 000 people marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

United in their call, opposition parties and civil society organisations participated in the march which had initially gathered at Church Square before heading to the Union Buildings.

We put together some images from the protest which stood out.

Pictures by Michelle Bao

Protesters of all ages gathered in Church Square for Wednesday’s National Day of Action. PHOTO: Michelle Bao
EFF protesters called for President Jacob Zuma to resign or to be removed from officePHOTO: Michelle Bao
Despite political differences, protesters were united in their desire for President Jacob Zuma to fall. PHOTO: Michelle Bao
According to reports, more than 100 000 protesters gathered in Church Square before marching to the Union Buildings in Pretoria. PHOTO: Michelle Bao
Members of the EFF protested against state capture and the influence of the Gupta family on President Zuma. PHOTO:
Protesters and opposition party leaders put aside political differences in order to put South Africa and its people first. PHOTO:
Wednesday’s National Day of Action coincided with President Zuma’s 75th birthday.PHOTO:
At Church Square, EFF leaders called for protesters to exemplify “maximum discipline” and condemned any form of illegal activity. PHOTO:
A heavy police presence surrounded the march to the Union Buildings. PHOTO:
Wednesday’s National Day of Action was the third such mass action and protest in recent days, as calls for Zuma to step down grow stronger. PHOTO:
According to DA Gauteng leader John Moodley, Wednesday’s National Day of Action was “an expression of power.”PHOTO:
EFF leader Julius Malema urged protesters to continue to fight for their country and to be proud of their contribution to reclaiming their country. PHOTO:
Opposition leaders called on ANC MPs to choose South Africa over party loyalty, particularly when it comes to the motion of no confidence on Tuesday, April 18. PHOTO:
According to party leaders, Wednesday’s National Day of Action was just the beginning of a programme of rolling mass action. PHOTO:
While Wednesday’s National Day of Action remained peaceful overall, a City of Tshwane firefighter put out a small fire after the end of the day’s events. PHOTO:

Other images from today's march:

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