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>> We unite.>> Thousands protesting in South Africa's capital Pretoria Wednesday. Piling pressure on President Jacob Zuma to quit over his firing of respected Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. That's just one element of a cabinet reshuffle that has shaken South African politics. It's the latest of several rallies, and momentum seems to be on the protester's side, says Reuters' Ed Stoddard.
>> This crowd of about 30,000 people, many of whom represent opposition parties. They're ultimately gonna have a Freedom Fighters party, the most senseless democratic alliance. These people have come here demanding that President Zuma step down, ironically, on his 75th birthday. Today's march follows the march, that was also held here last Friday, but this march is bigger, and if anything, it shows that the level of discontent in this country is growing, with President Zuma.
>> Zuma's holding out, but opposition parties reckon they can drum up the support, to force him from office. They have called for a no-confidence vote on Friday. Gordhan's sacking has left the ruling African National Congress looking more divided than ever, with senior figures like Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, expressing anger at the reshuffle.
Now, the political crisis is getting in the way of much needed reforms for Africa's most industrialized economy, with South Africa's credit ratings plummeting to junk, after Gordon's sacking. Zuma has survived four no-confidence motions, and he remains popular in rural areas. Few are willing to write him off yet, but the opposition wants the next one to by secret ballot.
A case South Africa's top court is considering. If that request is granted, the question will be, how many ANC members, cloaked in secrecy, decide this time they'll vote against their boss?