COSATU and the SACP led marches across the country yesterday, calling on President Jacob Zuma to step down.
In Joburg, SACP general-secretary Blade Nzimande said the march was not against the ANC but against wrongdoing.
The marchers gathered at Cosatu House in Braamfontein before marching to the mayor’s office. However, mayor Herman Mashaba refused to come out and meet the marchers. The memorandum was received by MMC for public safety, Michael Sun.
In Cape Town, more than 1 000 marchers made their way to the Metrorail offices.
Western Cape Cosatu secretary Tony Ehrenreich told the marchers Metrorail had to cut fares by half and put more security guards on trains.
The marchers then went to the provincial legislature to meet Premier Helen Zille but she also refused to appear. The group then marched to parliament.
In Durban, marchers made it clear they wanted Zuma to step down so deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa could take his place.
The march was led by Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini. It started at King Dinuzulu Park and ended at Durban City Hall.
Worker Sibusiso Dladla (43) said he attended the march because he was sick and tired of labour brokers.
In Limpopo, marchers demanded an investigation into state capture and the immediate removal of Zuma. After receiving their memorandum, Premier Stan Mathabatha said: “It can’t be correct that our state-owned entities are being captured by individual families.”
Sadtu secretary-general Mugwena Maluleke said they would not allow the country to continue being sold to the Guptas.
In Mthatha, looters took advantage of the shutdown and stole from shops in town.
By the time the Cosatu march reached Circus Triangle Mall, people had started looting nearby hardware shops.
Eastern Cape Cosatu treasurer Nomonde Mthembu said they wanted Zuma gone yesterday.
“As workers we voted for him thinking he would stand for our rights and needs but instead he turned against us.”
In Bloemfontein, about 2 000 Cosatu members gathered.
Provincial Cosatu secretary Monyatsi Mahlatsi said: “State capture has destroyed public trust in the state and its organs.
“The Asset Forfeiture Unit must seize the assets of the Guptas, since it’s hard to believe that they have legitimately secured the enormous resources they have.”