Many South Africans have said President Zuma is blatantly playing the race card on an issue-based protest against his own defective style of leadership following a near catastrophic cabinet reshuffle when he sacked the much respected Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
The rand has slumped nearly 10 percent against the dollar since Zuma recalled then Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan from an global investor road show on March 27 before firing him.
THE Congress of the People (Cope) said it was a shame that President Jacob Zuma saw the march last Friday calling for him to vacate his office as an act of racism saying the president was obsessed with race and was a divisive leader.
Zuma said many placards and posters carried by the protesters "displayed beliefs that we thought had been buried in 1994".
"It is clear that some of our white compatriots regard black people as being lesser human beings or subhuman".
But Zuma will be at Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown attending his 75th birthday rally, organised by the ANC.
He said the police had been told that at least 10000 people were expected to take part in the march.
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Now, with two years remaining in his second and final term, Zuma has taken a step that could accelerate the country's descent - and ensure that it continues even after he leaves office. He will increasingly find it hard to use race as an excuse. The removal of Gordhan will frighten away desperately needed foreign investment and could open the way to bad deals, like the nuclear plants from Russian Federation, that South Africa cannot afford.
The rand has tumbled more than 11 percent since March 27, when Zuma ordered Gordhan to return home from overseas talks with investors, days before firing him.
He alleged that some posters depicted black people as baboons.
The African National Congress, which has a commanding majority in parliament, has said its members would vote against the motion. Zuma's critics have accused him of creating a new clique of rich blacks, some of whom are said to be descendants of one-time high-profile functionaries in the liberation struggle.
If Zuma remained in the presidency and failed to adhere to fiscal targets, "that would be bad for the economy in the long run", he said.
The South African Communist Party (SACP) in Gauteng says it doesn't support Wednesday's mass action to the Union Buildings by opposition parties, adding that both the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Democratic Alliance (DA) are standing on the racist shoulders of the queen of colonialism.