If anyone knows how to party, it’s South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma. Zuma reportedly celebrated his 75th birthday in high style. However, many citizens used this occasion as a call to protest against the controversial leader.
While Zuma spent the morning of his birthday meeting with various ministers, his official birthday celebration was scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday, April 12th. However, before the festivities kicked off, Zuma addressed the concerns of his fellow countrymen by telling the press he wanted to see more progress being made to enhance the lives of his people. He stated, “I would like to see us making more progress in fighting poverty and inequality. We need to make progress in black economic empowerment to promote true economic freedom. I also wish to see us winning the battle against racism in our country. We remain committed to building a non-racial society and will continue to work hard to unite our people against racism and all its manifestations.”
With the formalities out of the way, it was time to party. Hundreds of the leader’s supporters showed up in Soweto to celebrate Zuma’s 75th with music and dancing. Of course, not everyone was happy to see Zuma celebrating, and as tensions continue to grow across South Africa, many protesters were hoping their words would be heard. One protester wrote, “take a permanent holiday” on their sign. In Pretoria, nearly 30,000 protesters gathered to oppose Zuma’s controversial reign.