South African president accuses protesters of racism

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Speaking at a memorial to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the assassination of anti-apartheid and Communist Party leader Chris Hani - whose murder led to nationwide riots - Zuma said South Africa had not yet built a non-racial society decades after white-minority rule ended in 1994. Although Mr. Zuma's government has been tainted by corruption scandals, he has granted himself more room for manoeuvre by moving Malusi Gigaba from the Home Affairs Ministry to Finance, despite the latter's limited financial experience.

In a statement of their site, Fitch said the decision was heavily influenced by President Jacob Zuma's reshuffle earlier this week. More people arrived in mid-day to join in anti-Zuma protesters.

"There is nothing we have organised at Luthuli House, members and supporters of the ANC started descending and then the leadership felt that we should take out one of our trucks". Pro-Zuma marchers also arrived in Parliament to counter anti-Zuma protests.

Tens of thousands of protesters marched through South African cities on Friday demanding Zuma's resignation, as a second ratings agency downgraded the country's debt to junk status.

In Johannesburg, police fired rubber bullets to disperse about 100 ruling party members who were making their way toward protesters, according to the African News Agency. The presidency said it did not oppose the demonstrations. "That hope is alive in our country".

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Demonstrators take part in a protest calling for the removal of South Africa's President Jacob Zuma in Johannesburg, South Africa, on April 7.

"Today we stand up and say enough is enough, " Mmusi Maimane, leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance told a huge crowd in Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city. "Deliver us from evil and Zuma must go".

Parliament will vote on a motion of no confidence in the president on April 18, though he has easily survived previous similar votes against him.

"Such actions have no place in democratic South Africa and threaten to turn the country back to a time where civic activism by citizens was stifled in the name of "preserving law and order", the party said. Zuma still retains the backing of powerful factions within the ruling ANC party. The South African leader has faced several protests during his tenure, but remained in position due to the ANC's support.

Vavi said as long as Zuma and his friends and family from the ANC and its alliance partners are in charge, South Africa will never be able to solve unemployment. She wore a South African flag bandana. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa described the move as "totally, totally unacceptable", and ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe said the ministerial shake-up made him "jittery and uncomfortable".

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