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The demonstrations came after Mr Zuma's sacking of a respected finance minister, which led to the country's credit rating being cut to junk status. The move added pressure to South Africa's already embattled economy
In Durban, banners stating "Jacob Zuma must step down" were draped from buildings as part of nationwide demonstrations. Protesters marched through the city with their faces painted, carrying messages of "downgrade Zuma, not South Africa" in reference to the country's amended credit rating.