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#ZumaMustFall: South Africans Take to the Streets In Protest

South African in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria are gathering for anti-Zuma protests.

South Africans across the country have gathered in the streets today to protest corruption and demand the resignation of President Jacob Zuma.


Demonstrations are taking place in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria, following last month's cabinet reshuffle, in which the president fired nine members of his cabinet including, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. His actions put further strain on South Africa's economy, relegating the country's credit to "junk status."

Protesters made plans to gather near the ANC's headquarters in Johannesburg, leading to increased police presence in the area. Crowds also met at the compound owned by the wealthy Gupta family, who maintain ties to the president.

BBC reports, that police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters during one of the demonstrations in Johannesburg.

Others have assembled in Church Square in the capital city, Pretoria.

Not everyone who believes that #ZumaMustFall are supporting the protests, however. Many Black South Africans, question the movement's authenticity, and have accused white participants of co-opting the protest in an attempt to save face.

It seems that despite widespread opposition, Zuma still maintains a fair share of supporters. Members of the ANC party's youth wing also gathered outside its headquarters at Luthuli House to shield it from protestors. Others have expressed support for what they believe are the president's plans for "radical socio-economic" change, reports the BBC.

Earlier this week, Zuma dodged a request from allied parties to step down from power.

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Whoisakin Channels His Love For Anime In the New Video For ‘Magic’

The single, featuring Olayinka Ehi, comes off his latest EP Full Moon Weekends.

Nigerian singer-songwriter Whoisakin is sharing a new music video to accompany his hit summer release, "Magic".

His roots certainly show true as his Lagos inspired trap soul/R&B sounds fill us up with feelings of summer and a love made from dreams.

High off of a recent feature in Rolling Stone, Whoisakin's latest music video comes off of his debut EP Full Moon Weekends, his first release as a part of Mr Eazi's #emPawa30 project.

With all of the successes and accomplishments that have come along with it, the original story behind the song isn't as sweet, "Magic was actually inspired by a summer 2019 fling I had with some girl", the 22-year-old singer says, "Even though I thought the relationship had potential at the early stages, she never felt the same way and it was just 'vibes' for her. I mean the moments were beautiful but they never lasted. I made the record a few weeks after we were over. She got upset at me and that was it."

He went on to speak about his first release into the music industry as, "a full story about me and my relationships in 2019, basically. I was doing an internship with some construction company at the time so I had a whole lot of time to live life (especially the nightlife), experience new things. So, I felt like an animated series for the whole tape would be the best way to share the story better. Plus, I'm a big anime fan."


Check out Whoisakin's music video for "Magic" here.


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