New lobby group Freedom Movement unites against Jacob Zuma
A group of political parties, labour organisations and civil society have joined forces to remove President Jacob Zuma from office.
"Our beloved country, SA, has been plunged into a national crisis never seen since before 1994," said political analyst Prince Mashele said on behalf of the group.
"It is a crisis of a political leadership that has allowed our state to be hijacked by corrupt interests at the expense of needs and aspirations of the poor, the marginalised and patriotic South Africans."
The group, under the banner the Freedom Movement, is planning a gathering on April 27 at Freedom Park in Pretoria.
This follows a number of marches held around the country in the past two weeks calling for Zuma to resign, or for the ANC to remove him.
However, the marches appear to have fallen on deaf ears has Zuma has dismissed the protest action against him.
The Freedom Movement group was made up of opposition parties such as the DA, United Democratic Movement and Congress of the People; labour organisations such as union federation Fedusa and Solidarity; faith-based organisations and civil society groups.
Mashele said the movement would focus on removing Zuma from office, protecting the Constitution, restoring power to the people of SA and safeguarding the state as an instrument of transformation, and the socioeconomic development of all.