MKMVA veteran accuses marchers of trying to overthrow a legitimate government. Following a day of nationwide protests against president Jacob Zuma, African National Congress (ANC) leaders say they will continue to defend the president, whatever it takes.

On Friday, thousands of ANC supporters from the Free State, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal joined MKMVA members outside the party’s headquarters, chanting songs in supports of the president.

ANCYL president Collin Maine says the ANC is not deterred by anti- Zuma protest.

“We are here to tell them President Zuma is going nowhere until 2019.” He vowed to continue the support for Zuma.

But MKMVA chair Kebby Maphatsoe seems a little worried about the demonstrations,, accusing marchers of trying to overthrow government.

“It’s a clear agenda of regime change that we’ve been talking about and it is now in the open.”

And despite the march around Luthuli House and stages being set up for leaders, ANC spokesperson Khusela Sangoni says they didn’t plan to have a gathering.

“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.”

With another anti-Zuma march planned for next week, ANC leaders say they will mobilise supporters to again show their support for the president.