"The crowd shouted slogans like: "Zuma must go!", Hands off South Africa, hands off!", "We're not for sale", and "Hamba tsotsi, hamba!" aimed at Zuma and the Gupta family, which is widely seen as the force behind Zuma looting state resources.
"It will take South Africans appreciating that we are an organisation; we have a responsibility and a task to discuss issues and take decisions before recalling Zuma".
"Our supporters will gather outside Parliament when Members of Parliament will debate the vote of no confidence against Mr. Zuma". He also got the backing of a major decision-making body within the party.
"In Fitch's view, the cabinet reshuffle, which involved the replacement of the finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, and the deputy finance minister, Mcebisi Jonas, is likely to result in a change in the direction of economic policy".
In Johannesburg, there was a heavy police presence as protesters planned to converge near the ANC headquarters.
MK veterans‚ wearing camouflage uniforms‚ were lined up outside Luthuli House to "protect" it from protesters calling on President Jacob Zuma to quit.More news: France's 11 presidential hopefuls stake out positions on TV
The move by Zuma has caused the South African economy to be given a "junk" rating by two of the worldwide financial ratings agencies widely seen as a move to allow a controversial nuclear deal with Russian Federation to go through, as well as allowing the Gupta family to buy a bank in the country, neither of which Gordhan would allow as Minister of Finance. But this was later overturned by a magistrate.
Al Jazeera's Fahmida Miller, reporting from Pretoria, said the demonstrations are significant because "it's just the beginning of protests and marches by a large sector of South Africans calling for the president to resign". And Moses went to Pharaoh and what did Moses say to Pharaoh? Members of the influential ANC Youth League gathered in downtown Durban, singing "Awuleth'umshini wami", a song popularized by Zuma, which means "bring me my gun" and held placards supporting the president.
Opposition parties have vowed to keep the pressure on. It is now only the ANC that remains in his corner.
The ANC, which fought for the liberation of South Africa from white-minority rule, has been in power since the dawn of democracy in the country in 1994.
In response to the protests, ANC presidential contender Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said in a tweet; "This is what they are protecting. hence some of us are not part of this rubbish".
Mr Zuma has been described in local media as the Teflon Don because of his survival skills following the acceptance of his explanation for his controversial sacking of the finance minister.